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1. Laastad Dyvik, Synne. Performing gender in the 'theatre of war' : embodying the invasion, counterinsurgency and exit strategy in Afghanistan.

Degree: PhD, 2013, University of Sussex

This thesis offers a critical feminist reading of the war in Afghanistan, from invasion, through the practice of counterinsurgency, to the training of the Afghan National Army as a central part of NATO's exit strategy. Empirically it focuses on the discourses, policies and practices of the US and Norwegian militaries in Afghanistan. It draws on a range of material including military doctrine and policy, parliamentary discussions, public policy documents, interviews, political statements and soldiers' memoirs. Deploying the theoretical framework of performative gender with an emphasis on embodiment, it shows how particular gendered bodies are called into being and how the distinct practices of war in Afghanistan produce and rely on a series of multiple, fluid and, at times, contradictory performances of masculinity and femininity. It demonstrates how gendered performances should not be considered superfluous, but rather integral to the practices of war. It illustrates this, first, by examining the production of the (in) visible ‘body in the burqa' alongside the ‘protective masculinity' of Western politicians in the legitimation of the invasion; second, through the ‘soldier-­‐scholars', ‘warriors' and the Female Engagement Teams (FETs) in practices of ‘population­‐centric' counterinsurgency, examining the ways in which counterinsurgency is a gendered and embodied practice; and third, through the remaking of the fledgling Afghan National Army (ANA) recruits in the NATO exit strategy. The thesis furthers feminist studies on gender and war in International Relations by emphasising the multiplicity of gendered bodies and performances by problematizing singular notions of masculinity and femininity. It contributes to existing literature that reads the war in Afghanistan as a neocolonial and biopolitical practice, enhancing these readings by paying attention to the gendering of bodies and their performances, thereby expanding critical investigations into late modern ways of war and counterinsurgency.

Subjects/Keywords: 327; DS350 Afghanistan; JZ1464 Scope of international relations with regard to countries; territories; regions; etc.; JZ6385 The armed conflict. War and order; U021 War. Philosophy. Military sociology

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APA (6th Edition):

Laastad Dyvik, S. (2013). Performing gender in the 'theatre of war' : embodying the invasion, counterinsurgency and exit strategy in Afghanistan. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Sussex. Retrieved from http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46848/ ; https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.582054

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Laastad Dyvik, Synne. “Performing gender in the 'theatre of war' : embodying the invasion, counterinsurgency and exit strategy in Afghanistan.” 2013. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Sussex. Accessed October 18, 2019. http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46848/ ; https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.582054.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Laastad Dyvik, Synne. “Performing gender in the 'theatre of war' : embodying the invasion, counterinsurgency and exit strategy in Afghanistan.” 2013. Web. 18 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Laastad Dyvik S. Performing gender in the 'theatre of war' : embodying the invasion, counterinsurgency and exit strategy in Afghanistan. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Sussex; 2013. [cited 2019 Oct 18]. Available from: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46848/ ; https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.582054.

Council of Science Editors:

Laastad Dyvik S. Performing gender in the 'theatre of war' : embodying the invasion, counterinsurgency and exit strategy in Afghanistan. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Sussex; 2013. Available from: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46848/ ; https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.582054

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