Gender and Catastrophe

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Dezember 1997



This book explores the gendered and gendering effects of violence against women in extreme situations such as major wars, genocides, famines, slavery, the Holocaust, mass rape and ethnic cleansing. The female experience of methodical genocidal rape in the former Yugoslavia, women's coerced participation in the Rwandan massacre, the comfort women system during World War II, the gendering of genocidal strategies during the Holocaust, nuclear testing in the Pacific and the reproduction 'policy' in Tibet are all integrated into a wider framework - a framework which uncovers the true consequences of identifying women as simultaneously sexual objects, transmitters of culture and symbols of the nation.


Part I Genders and genocides: introduction - (en)gendering genocides, Ronit Lentin; genocide and gender - a split memory, Joan Ringelheim. Part II Women in a war zone - the construction of gendered identities: against the war - women organizing themselves in the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Rada Boric; rape, power and masculinity - the construction of gender and national identities in the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Euan Hague; reconstructing the self through memories of violence among Mayan Indian women war widows, Jusith Zur; the mother of all warriors - women in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lorraine Dowler. Part III Captured subjects - dis-placing women's bodies: a question of silence - partition, women and the state, Urvashi Butalia; China's "final solution" - women face cultural genocide on the roof of the world, Yangchen Kikhang; a broken rainbow - Pacific women and nuclear testing, Zohl de Ishtar; defying the guardians of Sharia - women and fundamentalism in Iran, Haideh Moghissi. Part IV Sexualized slaveries: the comfort women system during World War II - Asian women as targets of mass rape and sexual slavery in Japan, Nelia Sancho; chattels and concubines - women and slavery in Brazil, Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes; the economy of violence - black bodies and the unspeakable terror, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf; female slaves and the politics of reproduction and infanticide, Helen Thomas. Part V Gendered victimization - migration, poverty, famines: invisible subjects of the victimized self - settlement experiences of refugee women in Australia, Roberta Julian; "I have a feeling of being exiled here" - adaptation experience of Russian women migrating from the "near abroad", Natalya Kosmarskaya; Ethiopian women migrants into Israel - the loss of space and body?, Tovi Fenster; the figure of woman in Irish famine narratives, Margaret Kelleher; "disasters" and Bangladeshi women, Santi Rozario.


'One of those books that should be essential reading for students across a wide range of disciplines... an inspirational book in an area that has been neglected by the mainstream of (Northern/Western) feminist academia.' - "Irish Journal of Feminist Studies"
'Important and accessible.' - Ethna Viney, " Irish Times"
EAN: 9781856494465
ISBN: 1856494462
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 1997
Seitenanzahl: 288 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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