People come together in movements to end war from many political traditions. They are socialists, communists and anarchists, people of a variety of faiths, secularists, pacifists and feminists. They share a belief that peace is possible, but have divergent views on the causes of militarism and strategies to end it.
In her new book ‘Antimilitarism: Political and Gender Dynamics of Peace Movements’ Cynthia Cockburn presents case studies of anti-war, anti-militarist and peace movements in Japan, South Korea, Spain, Uganda and the UK, of international networks against military conscription and the proliferation of guns, and of singular campaigns addressing aggression against Palestinians.
Writing between the nihilistic view that violence is inevitable and the utopian belief in the possibility of a violence-free world, Cockburn carefully uncovers the movements' many tensions and antagonisms through a gendered lens.
Please join Cynthia Cockburn for a discussion of these topics, and help to celebrate the books publication over a glass of wine and some nibbles, which will be freely available.
About the Author
Cynthia Cockburn is Visiting Professor at the Department of Sociology, City University London, and Honorary Professor at the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at the University of Warwick, UK. She is a feminist researcher and writer. She lives in London, where she is active in Women in Black against War, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
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