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Feminist Solutions for Ending War

Feminist Solutions for Ending War

Edited by Megan MacKenzie and Nicole Wegner

Will war ever end? Feminists across the world are proving that they can oppose patriarchal capitalist violence

'War is a man's game,' or so goes the saying. Whether this is true or not, patriarchal capitalism is certainly one of the driving forces behind war in the modern era. So can we end war with feminism? This book argues that this is possible, and is in fact already happening.

Each chapter provides a solution to war using innovative examples of how feminist and queer theory and practice inform pacifist treaties, movements and methods, from the international to the domestic spheres. The contributors propose a range of solutions that include arms abolition, centring Indigenous knowledge, economic restructuring, and transforming how we 'count' civilian deaths.

Ending war requires challenging complex structures, but the solutions found in this edition have risen to this challenge. By thinking beyond the violence of the capitalist patriarchy, this book makes the powerful case that the possibility of life without war is real.

Megan MacKenzie is the Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security in the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of Beyond the Band of Brothers: The US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight (CUP, 2015).

Nicole Wegner is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Martialling Peace: How the Peacekeeper Myth Legitimizes Warfare (Edinburgh Press, 2022).

‘So much of patriarchal political culture is sustained by the myth that war, like poverty, will always be with us. But as I read the grounded, energizing chapters of Mackenzie's and Wegner's engaging book, I realized that the unrealistic ones among us are actually those who perpetuate the myth of unending war’

- Cynthia Enloe, author of 'The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging Persistent Patriarchy'

Foreword- Swati Parashar, Professor in Peace and Development, Gothenburg University, Sweden
Introduction - Megan MacKenzie & Nicole Wegner



1. Giyira: Indigenous Women's Knowing, Being, and Doing as a Way to End War on Country - Jessica Russ-Smith, Lecturer, Australian Catholic University, Australia
2. One for All, All for One: Taking Collective Responsibility for Ending War and Sustaining Peace - Heidi Hudson, Professor of International Relations, University of the Free State, South Africa
3. Feminist Organising for Peace - Sarai B. Aharoni, Lecturer, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
4. Piecing up Peace in Kashmir: Feminist Perspectives on Education for Peace - Shweta Singh, Assistant Professor, South Asian University, India & Diksha Poddar, Researcher, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
5. Learn from Kurdish Women's Liberation Movements to Imagine the Dissolution of the Nation-State System - Eda Gunaydin, Researcher, University of Sydney, Australia
6. Queering Our Vision of Security - Cai Wilkinson, Associate Professor in International Relations, Deakin University, Australia
7. Abolish Nuclear Weapons: Draw on Feminist, Queer, and Indigenous Theory and Experiences to Support Movements to End Nuclear Weapons - Ray Acheson, Researcher at Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University, USA
8. Make Foreign Policies As If Black and Brown Lives Mattered - Yolande Bouka, Assistant Professor, Queen’s University, Canada
9. Draw on Ecofeminist and Indigenous Scholarship to Reimagine the Ways We Memorialise War - Sertan Saral, PHD Candidate, University of Sydney, Australia
10. Engage With Combatants as Interlocutors for Peace, Not Only As Authorities on Violence - Roxani Krystalli, Assistant Professor, University of St Andrews, Scotland
11. Recognize the Rights of Nature - Keina Yoshida, Research Officer in the Centre for Women, Peace, and Security, LSE, UK
12. Create Just, Inclusive Feminist Economies to Foster Sustainable Peace - Carol Cohn, Lecturer, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA & Claire Duncanson, Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK
13. Change How Civilian Casualties are 'Counted' - Thomas Gregory, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland, New Zealand
14. Listen to Women When Creating Peace Initiatives - Laura J. Shepherd, Professor of International Relations, University of Sydney, Australia

Published by Pluto Press in Nov 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9780745342863
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745342870
eBook ISBN: 9780745342887

272 pages

135mm x 215mm