Sites of Violence (Paperback)

Gender and Conflict Zones

By Wenona Giles (Editor), Jennifer Hyndman (Editor)

University of California Press, 9780520237919, 373pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2004

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In conflict zones from Iraq and Afghanistan to Guatemala and Somalia, the rules of war are changing dramatically. Distinctions between battlefield and home, soldier and civilian, state security and domestic security are breaking down. In this especially timely book, a powerful group of international authors doing feminist research brings the highly gendered and racialized dimensions of these changes into sharp relief. In essays on nationalism, the political economy of conflict, and the politics of asylum, they investigate what happens when the body, household, nation, state, and economy become sites at which violence is invoked against people.

In particular, these hard-hitting essays move us forward in our understanding of violence against women—how it is perpetrated, survived, and resisted. They explore the gendered politics of ethno-nationalism in Sri Lanka, the post-Yugoslav states, and Israel and Palestine. They consider "honor killings" in Iraqi Kurdistan, armed conflict in the Sudan, and geographies of violence in Ghana. This volume augments feminist analysis on conflict zones and contributes to transnational coalition-building and feminist organizing.

About the Author

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).