Female Terrorism: A Review

  title={Female Terrorism: A Review},
  author={Karen Jacques and Paul J. Taylor},
  journal={Terrorism and Political Violence},
  pages={499 - 515}
The sharp growth in the number of publications examining female involvement in terrorism has produced a valuable but un-integrated body of knowledge spread across many disciplines. In this paper, we bring together 54 publications on female terrorism and use qualitative and quantitative analyses to examine the range of theoretical and methodological approaches in these papers. Using a content analysis, we identify six primary research foci: Portrayal in media, Feminism, Interviews with… 
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