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"Feminists Under Fire" is about women living and working in conflict zones. Focusing on the civil wars in Sri Lanka and the former Yugoslavia, diverse authors face the problems of nationalism, ethnic conflict, and militarized violence. They explore commonalities and differences between the two regions, and consequences for women, their societies, and feminist politics. Women are neither simply victimized nor empowered by war; their experiences are more complicated. While they suffer from war-related violence and upheaval, some women living in traditional societies find that war releases them from constricting hierarchies. Others find it reinforces conventional gender roles. This ambivalence needs to be examined and understood. In addition to such concerns the collection addresses issues of domestic violence, rape, intermarriage, victimization, feminist organizing and anti-war activism, women's self-help organization, and political resistance. This vibrant collection emerges from The Women in Conflict Zones Network, an international collaboration of activists and scholars.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781896357782
ISBN-10: 1896357784
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 155mm x 15mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Between the Lines
Publisher: Between the Lines
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - Wenona Giles

Wenona Giles is Associate Professor and Chair, School of Social Sciences-Atkinson, York University, Toronto. Malathi de Alwis is Senior Research Fellow, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Visiting Associate Professor, New School for Social Research, New York. Edith Klein is Resident Fellow, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto. Neluka Silva is Professor and Head, Department of English, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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