Chapter 10: Emerging Terrorist Environments: Gender-Selective Political Violence and Criminal Dissident Terrorism

Meagan Auer and colleagues use the concept of intersectionality to explore the ways in which female terrorists are represented in news media. Javed Bahri critically assesses the effectiveness and failures of Western gender-focused policies in Afghanistan. Vandana Bhatia and Andy Knight discuss the role of female suicide bombers in the Tamil Separatist terrorist group, and compare it to the lack of female suicide terrorists among Kashmir Insurgents. Patricia Bibes assesses political violence emanating from Colombia’s multifaceted political groupings. Delgado-Ramos and Silvina examine how U.S. administrations have focused on issues such as security and the fight against narco-insurgency and terrorism. Alessandra Gonzalez and colleagues explore the role of gender in far-right, environmental, and animal rights extremism and find that in contrast to men, relationships are catalysts for women’s involvement in domestic terrorism.

Journal Article 10.1: Auer, Meagan, John Sutcliffe, and Martha Lee. “Framing the ‘White Widow’: Using Intersectionality to Uncover Complex Representations of Female Terrorism in News Media.” Media, War & Conflict (2018): 1750635218769931.

Journal Article 10.2: Bahri, Javed. “Western Gender Policies in Afghanistan: Failing Women and Provoking Men.” Gender, Technology, and Development 18:2 (2014).

Journal Article 10.3: Bhatia, Vandana, and W. Andy Knight. “Female Suicide Terrorism in South Asia: Comparing the Tamil Separatists and Kashmir Insurgents.” South Asian Survey 18:1 (2011): 7-26.

Journal Article 10.4: Bibes, Patricia. “Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism: Colombia, A Case Study.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 17:3 (August 2001).

Journal Article 10.5: Delgado-Ramos, Gian Carlo and Silvina, Maria Romano. “Political-Economic Factors in U.S. Foreign Policy: The Colombia Plan, the Merida Initiative, and the Obama Administration.” Latin American Perspectives 38 (July 2011).

Journal Article 10.6: González, Alessandra L., Joshua D. Freilich, and Steven M. Chermak. “How Women Engage Homegrown Terrorism.” Feminist Criminology 9:4 (2014): 344-366.