Discourses in Transition: Re-Imagining Women's Security

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Brandon Hamber

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Paddy Hillyard

Queen's University Belfast

Amy Maguire

University of Newcastle Law School, Australia

Monica McWilliams

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Gillian Robinson

Ulster University

David Russell

Queen's University Belfast

Margaret Ward

Women's Resource and Development Agency

Date Written: August 1, 2006

Abstract

This article employs data gathered in Lebanon, Northern Ireland and South Africa as part of a project entitled ‘Re-Imagining Women’s Security and Participation in Post-Conflict Societies’. It reflects on three different ‘imaginings’ of security – the state security discourse, the human security discourse and a gendered security approach – with the aim of showing that security discourses are currently undergoing a process of transition which parallels that taking place in post-conflict societies around the world. The article is particularly concerned to explore how a gendered security approach might empower women to re-imagine security in contextualised, bottom-up ways, and advocate social transformation within the broader processes of post-conflict transition. In order to consider women’s demands for security policies and approaches in the twenty-first century, the article explores the direct testimony of women in three post-conflict societies, with specific reference to three key areas of security central to women’s re-imaginings of the concept.

Keywords: feminist methodology, gendered security, human security, security dialogue

JEL Classification: J79

Suggested Citation

Hamber, Brandon and Hillyard, Paddy and Maguire, Amy M and McWilliams, Monica and Robinson, Gillian and Russell, David and Ward, Margaret, Discourses in Transition: Re-Imagining Women's Security (August 1, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2489958 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2489958

Brandon Hamber

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

Shore Road
Newtownabbey, County Antrim BT37 OQB
Northern Ireland

Paddy Hillyard

Queen's University Belfast

David Leir Building
Belfast BT7 1NN, BT9 5AG
Ireland

Amy M Maguire

University of Newcastle Law School, Australia ( email )

1 University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
+61(0)249215374 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/amy-maguire

Monica McWilliams (Contact Author)

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

Jordanstown
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT370QB
Ireland
00442890368597 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://ssrn.com/author=2101330

Gillian Robinson

Ulster University ( email )

Northland Road
Londonderry, BT48 7JL
Northern Ireland

David Russell

Queen's University Belfast

25 University Square
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Ireland

Margaret Ward

Women's Resource and Development Agency

Belfast
United Kingdom

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