Paper $57.95 ISBN: 9781842770672 Published May 2002 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $90.95 ISBN: 9781842770665 Published July 2002 For sale in North and South America only

The Aftermath

Women in Post-conflict Transformation

Sheila Meintjes, Anu Pillay, and Meredeth Turshen

The Aftermath

Sheila Meintjes, Anu Pillay, and Meredeth Turshen

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272 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $57.95 ISBN: 9781842770672 Published May 2002 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $90.95 ISBN: 9781842770665 Published July 2002 For sale in North and South America only
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.
Contents
Part I. Overviews of the Themes
1. There is No Aftermath for Women - Meredeth Turshen, Sheila Meintjes and Anu Pillay
2. Women in Conflicts, Their Gains and Their Losses - Codou Bop
3. Violence Against Women in The Aftermath - Anu Pillay
4. Problems of Identity, Solidarity and Reconciliation - Tina Sideris
5. War and Post-War Shifts in Gender Relations - Sheila Meintjes
6. Engendering Relations of States to Societies in the Aftermath - Meredeth Turshen
Part II. Contemporary Experiences
7. Ambivalent Gains in Conflicts in South Asia - Rita Manchanda
8. Liberated, But Not Free: Women in Post-War Eritrea - Sondra Hale
9. Rape in War and Peace: Social Context, Gender, Power and Identity - Tina Sideris
10. Between Love, Anger and Madness: Building Peace in Haiti - Myriam Merlet
11. Caring at the Same Time: On Feminist Politics during the NATO Bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Ethnic Cleansing of Albanians in Kosova, 1999 - Lepa Mladjenovic
12. Healing and Changing: The Changing Identity of Women in the Aftermath of the Ogoni Crisis in Nigeria - Okechukwu Ibeanu
13. Ambivalent Maternalisms: Cursing as Public Protest in Sri Lanka - Malathi de Alwis
14. ‘We want Women to be given an Equal Chance‘: Post-independence Rural Politics in Northern Namibia - Heike Becker
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