Producing Participants: Gender, Race, Class, and Women, Peace and Security
Martin de Almagro, Maria
Taylor and Francis
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Martin de Almagro, M. (2017). Producing Participants: Gender, Race, Class, and Women, Peace and Security. Global Society, 32 (4), 395-414. https://doi.org/10.1080/13600826.2017.1380610
Recent efforts to implement the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and the creation of National Action Plans (NAPs) in post-conflict countries have resulted in a set of international policy discourses and practices on gender, peace and security. Critics have challenged the WPS agenda for its focus on “adding women and stir” and its failure to be transformative. This article contributes to this debate by showing that the implementation of the WPS agenda is not only about adding women, but also about gendering in racialised, sexualised and classed ways. Drawing on poststructuralist and postcolonial feminist theory and on extensive fieldwork in post-conflict contexts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi and Liberia, the article examines the subject position of the woman participant. I demonstrate how NAPs normalise certain subject positions in the Global South while rendering invisible and troubling others, contributing to (re)producing certain forms of normativity and hierarchy through a powerful set of policy practices. Deconstructing such processes of discursive inclusion and exclusion of troubled representations is essential as it allows for the identification of sites of contestation and offers a better understanding of the everyday needs and experiences of those the WPS agenda regulates.
This work was supported by Horizon 2020 Framework Programme [grant number 706888].
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) Marie Sk?odowska-Curie actions (706888)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13600826.2017.1380610
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