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Wenona Giles

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230729

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230729.001.0001

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Gender and Conflict in a Global Context

(p.2) (p.3) 1 Introduction
Sites of Violence

Wenona Giles

Jennifer Hyndman

University of California Press

This book forges connections between militarized violence that occurs before, during, after, and even in the absence of war. It also presents original research illustrating feminist analyses grounded in particular conflict zones. The gendered impact of nationalism and the role of the nation in shaping women's identities, status, and actions are then evaluated. It concentrates on the differential positioning of women compared to men in relation to citizenship, taking into consideration their ethnicity, class, stage in the life cycle/age, urban/rural location, and refugee status, among other factors. The issues of women's empowerment and agency in the context of violent ethnic-national conflicts and wars, driven by competing economic and social interests, are reported. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is offered.

Keywords:   gender, violence, war, nationalism, citizenship, ethnicity, class

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