Afghanistan Remembers: Gendered Narrations of Violence and Culinary Practices

TitleAfghanistan Remembers: Gendered Narrations of Violence and Culinary Practices
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsDossa, Parin
Number of Pages178
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press

Although extensive literature exists on the violence of war, little attention has been given to the ways in which this violence becomes entrenched and normalized in the inner recesses of everyday life. In this volume, the author examines Afghan women’s recall of violence through memories and food practices in their homeland and its diaspora. Her work reveals how the suffering and trauma of violence has been rendered socially invisible following decades of life in a war-zone. The author argues that it is necessary to acknowledge the impact of violence on the familial lives of Afghan women along with their attempts at recovery under difficult circumstances. Informed by the author's own story of family migration and loss, this volume is a poignant ethnographic account of the trauma of war. 

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