Sarah Childs and Mona Lena Krook, eds, 2010. Women, Gender and Politics. Oxford University Press.
This reader brings together both classic and recent readings on central topics in the study of gender and politics, and places an emphasis on comparing developed and developing countries.
Lois Bibbings, 2009. Telling Tales About Men: Conceptions of Conscientious Objectors to Military Service During the First World War. Manchester University Press
Lois Bibbings is Senior Lecturer, Law and Research Associate, Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol.
In this book Lois Bibbings explores the treatment and impressions of conscientious objectors to compulsory military service in England during the First World War. In a series of themed chapters very different conceptions of these men are considered; here objectors appear as cowards, heroes, traitors, patriots, despicable criminals, law-abiding citizens, degenerates and upstanding, intensely moral folk. It was published to wide acclaim and has recently been the subject of University Public Lecture.
In 2011 Bibbings will follow it up with Binding Men: Nineteenth Century Criminal Cases and the Policing of Masculinity. London: Routledge.
Paul Higate & Marsha Henry, 2009. Insecure Spaces: Peacekeeping, Power and Performance in Haiti, Liberia and Kosovo. London: Zed Books
Paul Higate is Senior Lecturer, Politics, University of Bristol; Marsha Henry, Lecturer in Gender, Development & Globalisation, Gender Institute, LSE
In this book, Paul Higate and Marsha Henry develop critical perspectives on UN and NATO peacekeeping, arguing that these forms of international intervention are framed by the exercise of power. Their analysis of peacekeeping, based on fieldwork conducted in Haiti, Liberia and Kosovo, suggests that peacekeeping reconfigures former conflict zones in ways that shape perceptions of security. This reconfiguration of space is enacted by peacekeeping personnel who 'perform' security through their daily professional and personal practices, sometimes with unanticipated effects.
Insecure Spaces' interdisciplinary analysis sheds great light on the contradictory mix of security and insecurity that peace operations create.
Terrell Carver is Professor of Politics Theory at Bristol; Samuel A. Chambers is Senior Lecturer at Swansea University
Over the past twenty-five years the work of Judith Butler has had an extraordinary impact on numerous disciplines and interdisciplinary projects across the humanities and social sciences. This original study is the first to take a thematic approach to Butler as a political thinker. Starting with an explanation of her terms of analysis, Judith Butler and Political Theory develops Butler’s theory of the political through an exploration of her politics of troubling given categories and approaches. By developing concepts such as normative violence and subversion and by elaborating her critique of heteronormativity, this book moves deftly between Butler’s earliest and most famous writings on gender and her more recent interventions in post-9/11 politics.See also Terrell Carver & Samuel Chambers. eds., 2008. Judith Butler's Precarious Politics: Critical Encounters. London: Routledge
This edited volume draws leading international political theorists into dialogue with Judith Butler's political theory. Each chapter is written by an acclaimed political theorist and concentrates on a particular aspect of her work.
Esther Dermott is Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Fatherhood is gaining ever more public and political attention, stimulated by the increasing prominence of fathers’ rights groups and the introduction of social policies, such as paternity leave. Intimate Fatherhood explores discourses of contemporary fatherhood, men’s parenting behaviour and debates about fathers’ rights and responsibilities. Drawing on original qualitative interviews and large-scale quantitative research, Intimate Fatherhood presents a sociological analysis of contemporary fatherhood in Britain by exploring our ideas of good fatherhood in relation to time use, finance, emotion, motherhood and policy debates.