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The production of knowledge on women, gender, and Islamic cultures in the field of cultural diplomacy

Ware, Vron (2009). The production of knowledge on women, gender, and Islamic cultures in the field of cultural diplomacy. The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures (on-line edition), BRILL, Leiden, NL.

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Abstract

This entry examines the production of knowledge on Muslim women in the emerging field of public diplomacy, looking at terms such as ‘soft power’ where culture is instrumentalized as a tool of foreign policy. It focuses on the significance of gender and culture in mediating diplomatic relations between Anglophone and Muslim-majority countries, particularly since geo-political shifts in 2001. This phenomenon is contextualised in two ways. First, it is well established that questions of gender and sexuality have long defined antagonist relations between Islamic and Christian cultures. Second, particular constructions of Muslim women, particularly those that indicate rigid patriarchal laws and values, are shown to have played a role in mobilizing western publics to support military occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2001, the strategies employed to influence foreign publics as a corollary of military force, particularly young people in Muslim-majority countries, have become ever more diffuse, summed up by the clichéd ‘battle for hearts and minds’.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2009 BRILL
Keywords: public diplomacy; cultural diplomacy; soft power; international relations; representation of Muslim women; colonialism; racism; media; Afghanistan; orientalism; feminism and imperialism; Frantz Fanon; youth; facebook diplomacy;digital technology; Web 2.0
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 27346
Depositing User: Vron Ware
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2011 16:28
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2014 00:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/27346
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