“[…] MacKenzie’s contribution provides a well-written and approachable introduction to the complexities of female soldiering in Sierra Leone. Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone is therefore of particular use to humanitarians, activists, feminist researchers, and anyone interested in conflict and war.”
—International Feminist Journal of Politics
“Giving voice to the seldom-heard stories of female soldiers, Megan MacKenzie challenges over-simplified narratives about male warriors and female victims. This moving and insightful analysis of ‘post-conflict’ reconstruction in Sierra Leone is a convincing reminder of the perils of ignoring gender.”
—J. Ann Tickner, co-editor of Feminism and International Relations: Conversations about the Past, Present and Future
“Weaving sophisticated theoretical critique and an amazing account of lived experiences during and after war, this book is a powerful, sophisticated, and beautifully written contribution to debates over how one should study gender and world politics. An inter-disciplinary must-read for all concerned with war and security.”
—Lene Hansen, author of Security as Practice: Discourse Analysis and the Bosnian War
“MacKenzie is one of the rising international stars of feminist IR war studies and she's clearly one of the best. Her book moves elegantly and respectfully between events she researched in Sierra Leone and her theorizing on conjugal order and gendered insecurity when wars end. Many audiences will want this book, including organizations crafting post-war reconstruction, whose efforts can backfire on women.”
—Christine Sylvester, editor of Feminist International Relations
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