‘Seeing’ gender, war and terror

Date01 November 2018
DOI10.1177/1748895818780193
AuthorSandra Walklate
Published date01 November 2018
Subject MatterThematic Section: Visions of war and terrorDebate and Dialogue
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Criminology & Criminal Justice
2018, Vol. 18(5) 617 –630
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‘Seeing’ gender, war and
terror
Sandra Walklate
University of Liverpool, UK and Monash University, Australia
Abstract
This article explores the questions posed for criminology when war and terror are seen through
a gendered lens. Following Barberet this lens demands blurring the boundaries between peace-
time, war-time and post-conflict situations. These boundaries frame the nomos of criminology
and once challenged the connections to be made between the ‘callousness’ of femicide and the
‘callousness’ of environmental destruction are exposed. Using photographs as the vehicle through
which such a challenge can be maintained, the gendered analysis that follows poses conceptual
and methodological questions for the discipline which ultimately demands a reimagining of the
contribution of criminology and victimology to understanding gendered violence(s).
Keywords
Gender, nomos of criminology, terror, war
Introduction
The centennial commemorations associated with the First World War, alongside the vari-
ous 70-year commemorations of the Second World War, has seen a noticeable rise in
publications linked to each of these moments in time. Some of this work, emanating from
a wide range of disciplines, has been concerned to reflect upon the role of women in
these events as workers, fighters and victims (see, inter alia, Altinay and Peto, 2016;
Carden-Coyne, 2012; Ericsson, 2015; Gebhardt, 2016; Peniston-Bird and Vickers, 2017).
Indeed the edited collections proffered by Jamieson (2014), McGarry and Walklate
(2016) and Walklate and McGarry (2015) within criminology can all be situated within
this same historically reflective moment. Not unsurprisingly a good deal of the wider
commemorative work has been visual both in its representation and impact, from the
Corresponding author:
Sandra Walklate, University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Liverpool, L69 7ZA, UK.
Emails: S.L.Walklate@liverpool.ac.uk and Sandra.Walklate@monash.edu
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