Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones

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Wenona Giles, Jennifer Hyndman
University of California Press, Jun 28, 2004 - History - 361 pages
"Insightfully and lucidly maps the gendered contours of militarized conflict, from war zones to refugee camps, and across continents as diverse as Africa, South Asia, Central America and Europe. This exciting book provides a variety of incisive feminist critiques of ethnic-nationalism, disputes over oil rights, and discourses about religious fundamentalism. This work not only explores and interrogates conflict, but also seeks to provide a feminist framework for moving beyond the violence of war."—Kumari Jayawardena, author of Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World

"Offers a broad range of essays on gender, identity and conflict. What makes this collection exceptional is its critical stance, which draws from political geography as well as scholarship on feminisms, nationalisms and identities. The resulting analysis is both original and provocative. Moreover, the breadth and currency of its coverage renders the collection particularly useful for students and scholars alike."—Julie Mertus, author of Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War

"An important contribution to one of the most significant new fields in both women's studies and international politics—the study of post-conflict societies. Giles and Hyndman have brought together gritty, subtle case studies from Iraq, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, and the former Yugoslavia to pose edgy questions about what subverts genuine national reconstruction and what thwarts real demilitarization. Anyone interested in international feminist organizing, nationalism, democratization, and the workings of modernized patriarchy will want to read this book cover to cover."—Cynthia Enloe, author of Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives
 

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Contents

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN WAR AND POSTWAR TIMES
73
FEMINIST ANALYSES OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASYLUM
191
FEMINIST FUTURES NEGOTIATING GLOBALIZATION SECURITY AND HUMAN DISPLACEMENT
299
REFERENCES
317
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
347
INDEX
353
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Wenona Giles is Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University, Toronto. She is co-editor of Feminists Under Fire: Exchanges Across War Zones (2003). Jennifer Hyndman is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and the author of Managing Displacement: Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism (2000).

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