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Description - The Aftermath by Sheila Meintjies

What happens to women in the aftermath of war and internal armed conflict? Are gender and inter-generational relations transformed during the process of post-war reconstruction? This book asserts that there is no aftermath for women -- a truce does not bring an end to gendered violence. It shows how the post-war period is too late for women to transform patriarchal gender relations; the foundations for change must be built during conflict. The first part of this book asks how transitions from war to peace and from authoritarian to democratic regimes can be used as opportunities to move beyond the reconstruction of pre-war institutions to real social transformation. It presents an honest accounting of what women lose and gain in wartime and how they organise, as well as an analysis of why they fail to consolidate their gains. It explores the many dimensions of violence against women before, during and after war. It reflects on how war changes identities, on the myths that men and women invent about each other in wartime, and on the problems of reconciliation and women's solidarity; and it focusses specifically on shifts in gender relations in the context of post-conflict reconstruction and transformation. Finally, the contributors consider the relation of the state to society in the aftermath, searching for a vision of the transformed society. The evidence presented in the second part of this book documents the varied nature of war and the many post-war situations, including Haitian and Balkan examples, Asian cases, and experiences in different African conflict zones. The contributors analyse what women endure and what they construct during and after conflict, what obstacles they encounter in their search for autonomy and what bonds of solidarity they create in building peace.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842770672
ISBN-10: 1842770675
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 13mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sheila Meintjies

Meredeth Turshen teaches gender and development and third world social policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. She has published widely on health, public policy and women's issues and is political co-chair of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars. Anu Pillay is a gender and development practitioner and winner of South Africa's Ma Afrika award in 1996 for her contribution to women's education and activism. Sheila Meintjes is a senior lecturer in political studies, and co-ordinator of the Gender Studies Programme in the Graduate School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa