The Space Between Us: Negotiating Gender and National Identities in Conflict

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Zed Books, 1998 - Social Science - 247 pages
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Even in places of deadly national enmity, some very ordinary people are routinely doing peace. In this highly original study, Cynthia Cockburn deepens our understanding of the processes sustaining conflict in Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and Bosnia/Hercegovina by means of a close involvement with three remarkable women's projects that have chosen co-operation. How, she asks, do they fill the dangerous space between them with words instead of bullets? How do they make democracy out of difference? The book brings fresh insight to theories of the self in relation to collective identities and of gender in nationalist thought and practice. Observing in words and photographs how these women's alliances create a safe space in which to work together, we learn more about the dangers of essentialism and the problematic relationship between identity and democracy.
 

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Contents

Women in a disintegrating
6
Women and Nationalism
12
ETHNICITY AS DESTINY27
27
PEOPLE NATION LAND34 WOMEN FEMINISM
40
SHARED DISADVANTAGE53 GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM59
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WOMEN IN TITOS Y UGOS L A VIA i 5 7 THE USES
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THE WOMENS CENTRES62 CROSSING COMMUNAL
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DIFFERENCES AND COMMONALITIES jg HANDLING
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JEWISH WOMEN OF THE KIBBUTZIM99 THE UNKNOWN
116
A womens group for peace
129
Medica Womens Therapy Centre
174
Identity and Democracy
211
Bibliography
231
Index
240
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Cynthia Cockburn is a research professor in the Department of Sociology, City University London. She is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books, including In the Way of Women: Men's Resistance to Sex Equality in Organizations (1991) and Machinery of Dominance: Women, Men and Technical Know-how (1985).

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