The “Double-Battle”: women combatants and their embodied experiences in war zones

Ayelet Harel-Shalev, Shir Daphna-Tekoah

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ABSTRACT: Our study contributes to the ongoing debate about women in combat by exploring women combatants’ experiences of war through interviews with women soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces who served as combatants or in combat-support roles in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. We proffer that the bodily experiences of women combatants disturb conventional international relations and hegemonic masculine war metanarratives that either abstract or glorify combat. These otherwise silenced narratives reveal juxtapositions of feelings of competence and vulnerability and shed light on the women’s struggle for gender integration in the military. We conclude the article with a reflection on the challenges facing researchers investigating war and terrorism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-333
Number of pages22
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 May 2016


  • War
  • body
  • embodied experiences
  • feminist IR
  • occupied territories
  • terrorism
  • women combatants

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Political Science and International Relations


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