By Laura Sjoberg, Caron E. Gentry
Beyond moms, Monsters, Whores takes the advice in Mothers, Monsters, Whores that it is very important see genderings in characterizations of violent girls, and to take advantage of critique of these genderings to retheorize person violence in worldwide politics. It starts off by means of demonstrating the interdependence of the private and overseas degrees of worldwide politics in violent women's lives, yet then exhibits that this interdependence is inaccurately depicted in gender-subordinating narratives of women's violence. Such narratives, the authors argue, are usually not merely normatively troublesome at the floor but in addition intersect with different identifiers, akin to race, faith, and geopolitical position.
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Knowing that the most deeply gendered facets of the international political arena are those that do not acknowledge sex or gender differences but rather present their theories and evidence within predominantly or exclusively masculine ontology, epistemology and method, feminists in IR have learned to look for gender where gender is claimed as absent – in state governments and international institutions, for example. It is with this methodological disposition that we approach the question of theories of people’s violence in global politics.
While we will return to theorizing agency in political violence later in the book, we want to suggest that the very dichotomous framing of the question of ‘agent or structure’ is gendered. g. g. Hirschmann 1989, 2004). Rational actor theories suggest that the normal or usual violent person is making a rational choice – that is, that an element of people’s political violence is agential choice. Most of the psychological approaches suggest that someone’s structure or context is in whole or in part responsible for men’s predisposition towards violence, frequently failing to account for women’s violence.
In narcissistic theory? Women are not usually present in these theories, and when they are, one of two discursively exclusive moves is made. First, women are included in a theory that defines people’s violence with reference to masculine standards of people’s conduct. More often, though, women are included but gender differentiated in these theories of people’s violence. We argue that both approaches are both intellectually and normatively problematic. While we will return to theorizing agency in political violence later in the book, we want to suggest that the very dichotomous framing of the question of ‘agent or structure’ is gendered.