Imagining a Dialectic of Generosity: Considering Connections between Gender, Sex, and Peace

By Betty J. Woodman.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The literature on peaceful societies has increased significantly over the past two decades, reflecting ethnographic research of current peaceful cultures and archaeological discoveries of artistic, harmonious prehistoric societies. Moreover, the recent findings intimate a little explored association between non-gender-differentiating conceptions of personhood, equitable gender status, and peaceful community. Although Western philosophical and political theories generally have been founded upon models of human nature assuming violence as an inescapable aspect of social relations, existentialist philosophy allows for consideration of conditions conducive to peaceful community, as well as theoretical connections between peaceful relations and gender ideology. An existentialist analysis of non-essential gender construction, supported by anthropological findings concerning peaceful societies, suggests that more comprehensive research of the interplay between gender ideology and peace would be beneficial in the context of addressing situations of urgent social importance.

Keywords: Peace, Gender Relations, Sexuality, Existentialism, Anthropology, Imagination

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 6, pp.97-108. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.819MB).

Dr. Betty J. Woodman

PhD Candidate, Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Betty Woodman is a doctoral student at Emory University’s interdisciplinary Institute for the Liberal Arts. She returned to graduate school after a career in the technology industry, with previous experience in engineering, executive management, software sales, and corporate education. While working in corporate environments, she also volunteered with social service agencies associated with issues of family violence, child abuse, and homelessness, which offered the opportunity to observe similarities between power dynamics unfolding in many business structures and factors at play in social relations, broadening appreciation for the social impact of embedded perspectives concerning power and domination. She holds an M.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Engineering, and is currently researching topics associated with peace and gender.

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