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Gender, education, extremism and security

Gender, education, extremism and security This paper examines the complex relationships between gender, education, extremism and security. After defining extremism and fundamentalism, it looks first at the relationship of gender to violence generally, before looking specifically at how this plays out in more extremist violence and terrorism. Religious fundamentalism is also shown to have gendered concerns. The paper concludes with drawing together the educational implications of these analyses, arguing for a politicised education to promote both national and personal security. Five components are proposed: acceptance of ambiguity rather than absolutism and single truths; a secular basis in human rights; breaking down ‘otherness’; reconciliation rather than revenge; and free speech and humour. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education Taylor & Francis

Gender, education, extremism and security

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright British Association for International and Comparative Education
ISSN
1469-3623
eISSN
0305-7925
DOI
10.1080/03057920802351432
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Abstract

This paper examines the complex relationships between gender, education, extremism and security. After defining extremism and fundamentalism, it looks first at the relationship of gender to violence generally, before looking specifically at how this plays out in more extremist violence and terrorism. Religious fundamentalism is also shown to have gendered concerns. The paper concludes with drawing together the educational implications of these analyses, arguing for a politicised education to promote both national and personal security. Five components are proposed: acceptance of ambiguity rather than absolutism and single truths; a secular basis in human rights; breaking down ‘otherness’; reconciliation rather than revenge; and free speech and humour.

Journal

Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International EducationTaylor & Francis

Published: Oct 1, 2008

Keywords: extremism; security; gender; education; diversity

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