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Inclusion of Women as Combatants: Result of Ideology or Strategy?: Explaining Variation in Rebel Groups
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

While women have participated in armed conflict throughout history, the subject of women as combatants is still understudied. This thesis contributes by examining the inclusion of women combatants from the perspective of rebel groups, and the research question, “Why do some rebel groups include female combatants?”. This thesis examines one of the main findings of the quantitative study by Thomas and Bond (2015): rebel groups with a gender positive ideology are more likely to include women as combatants. Using the method of process tracing, this thesis examines whether the gender positive ideology proclaimed by rebel groups is genuine, or more likely a recruitment strategy adopted due to a labour shortage. Two competitive hypotheses are tested on the former rebel groups Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) in South Sudan, and Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) in Ethiopia. The within-case analysis found that the gender positive ideology was more likely genuine than only a strategy for recruitment in the case of TPLF whereas neither of the hypothesis was found likely in the case of SPLA. More research is warranted on a local level to reach a higher confidence in the results.

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2017. , 70 p.
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-325292OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-325292DiVA: diva2:1114068
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Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
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Available from: 2017-06-22 Created: 2017-06-22 Last updated: 2017-06-22Bibliographically approved

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