Victim-Warriors and Iconic Heroines: Photographs of Female Combatants in Aceh, Indonesia

TitleVictim-Warriors and Iconic Heroines: Photographs of Female Combatants in Aceh, Indonesia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsDrexler, Elizabeth F.
JournalCritical Asian Studies
Volume50
Issue3
Pagination395 - 421
Date Published09/2018
Abstract

By analyzing photos and narratives of the “widows’ battalion” in Aceh, Indonesia that appeared in international and local print media between 2000 and 2002, this article traces how images of female combatants initially provided evidence of a uniformed, armed ethno-nationalist movement motivated by past state violence and linked to historical legends of women involved in armed resistance to colonialism. Analyses of human rights photography must consider the affective power of images beyond engaging the empathy of distant spectators to consider their role in conflict dynamics. [Taylor & Francis Online]

URLhttps://doi.org/10.1080/14672715.2018.1487311
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