Destruction as a form of creation: exploring the politically violent female

Sutherland-Kay, Harriet (2009) Destruction as a form of creation: exploring the politically violent female. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This piece of research is a literature-based exploration of the representations of politically violent women. Using academic work and media sources, namely news media, film and documentary, this project discusses the gendered nature of conflict. With the underpinnings of feminist theory and the assertion that women are often presented as victims of their biology and circumstances this project contends that the volition of politically violent women is often denied. This not only results in misrepresentations of violent women but impacts upon how all women are perceived. Two instances of historical political violence are used for theoretical exploration: Ulrike Meinhof of the Red Army Faction in 1970s Germany and the more recent instance of female suicide bombers. In conclusion, intersubjective frameworks for research are suggested to take into account as many personal and political contexts as possible.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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