Victims, Perpetrators or Actors? Gender, Armed Conflict and Political Violence

TitleVictims, Perpetrators or Actors? Gender, Armed Conflict and Political Violence
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
Series EditorClark, Fiona, and Caroline O. N. Moser
CityLondon; New York

Increasing levels of global conflict and political violence provide a critical challenge for development theorists and practitioners. Many countries have endured decades of armed conflict, and others live under the permanent menace of political violence. Throughout, the gendered impacts of armed conflict and political violence are key issues. The gendered causes, costs, and consequences of violent conflicts have been underrepresented, and often misrepresented. This book gives a broader understanding of the complex, changing relations between women and men in societies facing violence and conflict.

Short TitleVictims, Perpetrators or Actors?
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  • Part I. Contextual Issues on Gender, Armed Conflict and Political Violence (p. 1)
  • 1. Introduction (Caroline O.N. Moser and Fiona C. Clark) (p. 3)
  • 2. The Gendered Dynamics of Armed Conflict and Political Violence (Cynthia Cockburn) (p. 13)
  • 3. The Gendered Continuum of Violence and Conflict: An Operational Framework (Caroline O.N. Moser) (p. 30)
  • Part II. The Politics of Victimization: Sexual Abuse and Violence (p. 53)
  • 4. The Political Economy of Rape: An Analysis of Systematic Rape and Sexual Abuse of Women during Armed Conflict in Africa (Meredeth Turshen) (p. 55)
  • 5. The Body of the Other Man: Sexual Violence and the Construction of Masculinity, Sexuality and Ethnicity in the Croatian Media (Dubravka Zarkov) (p. 69)
  • Part III. Gender, Power and Agency (p. 83)
  • 6. Rethinking Women's Struggles in Israel-Palestine and in the North of Ireland (Simona Sharoni) (p. 85)
  • 7. Women and Communal Conflict: New Challenges for the Women's Movement in India (Urvashi Butalia) (p. 99)
  • Part IV. Women as Actors in Armed Conflict and Political Violence (p. 115)
  • 8. El Salvador: War and Untold Stories--Women Guerrillas (Ana Cristina Ibanez) (p. 117)
  • Part V. 'Doing' and 'Being': Questions of Identity in Displacement (p. 131)
  • 9. The Nostalgic Future: Terror, Displacement and Gender in Colombia (Donny Meertens) (p. 133)
  • Part VI. Agency and Identity in Building Sustainable Peace (p. 149)
  • 10. Social Organizations: From Victims to Actors in Peace Building (Isabel Coral Cordero) (p. 151)
  • 11. The Challenge to Inequality: Women, Discrimination and Decision-making in Northern Ireland (Marie Mulholland) (p. 164)
  • 12. Gender and Social Capital in Contexts of Political Violence: Community Perceptions from Colombia and Guatemala (Caroline O. N. Moser and Cathy McIlwaine) (p. 178)
  • Part VII. Gender and Voice in Truth and Reconciliation (p. 201)
  • 13. Locked into Loss and Silence: Testimonies of Gender and Violence at the South Africa Truth Commission (Antjie Krog) (p. 203)
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