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      Keeping the fires burning: militarisation and the politics of gender in South Africa

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      Review of African Political Economy
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            This article focuses on the connection between women and militarisation. It is a connection which is obscured by analyses which conceptualise war as a male affair and the military as a patriarchal institution from which women are excluded and by whom they are often victimised. White women contribute to the militarisation of South African society in both material and ideological terms. At the same time a minority of white women are a source of resistance to the system of apartheid which militarism defends. The ‘politics of gender’, the power relations between men and women which are structured around opposing notions of ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’, shape both these processes of incorporation and challenge.

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            Journal
            crea20
            CREA
            Review of African Political Economy
            Review of African Political Economy
            0305-6244
            1740-1720
            1989
            : 16
            : 45-46
            : 50-64
            Article
            8703825 Review of African Political Economy, Vol. 16, No. 45-46, 1889, pp. 50-64
            10.1080/03056248908703825
            8be0c58b-0003-4c4a-8236-42b5e93970d0

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            Figures: 0, Tables: 0, References: 24, Pages: 15
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            Sociology,Economic development,Political science,Labor & Demographic economics,Political economics,Africa

            Bibliographic note

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