February 14, 2008 Poli Sci 103

February 14, 2008 Poli Sci 103 - February 14, 2008 Poli Sci...

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February 14, 2008 Poli Sci 103 War in Afghanistan o How difficult the war was to fight as the terrain was very rough and unknown to most other soldiers (environmental conditions during combat itself) Social Theories o More interest in solving problems through reciprocity than in domination (positive peace) Codes of War o Contrast the identity of the enemy and demonize them—self vs. other argument o “When the enemy is wounded we got to extreme lengths to ensure they are well cared for… That is in our nature” (US identity argument) Then why do we torture? Gender Feminist scholarship seeks to uncover hidden assumptions about gender in how we study a subject (theory provides a lens to see things that are otherwise not seen” o Core assumptions of realism reflect the ways in which males tend to interact and to see the world o Complex critique (differences between males and females and each feminist theory thinks about them differently) o Beyond a basic agreement that gender is important, there is no such thing as a “feminist approach” to international relations Difference feminism: gender differences important and fixed Liberal feminism: gender differences are trivial (equality
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