Innocence and Victimhood: Gender, Nation, and Women's Activism in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina

TitleInnocence and Victimhood: Gender, Nation, and Women's Activism in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsHelms, Elissa
Number of Pages325
PublisherUniversity of Wisconsin Press
CityMadison
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Drawing on ethnographic research spanning fifteen years, Innocence and Victimhood demonstrates how women’s activists and NGOs responded to, challenged, and often reinforced essentialist images in affirmative ways, utilizing the moral purity associated with the position of victimhood to bolster social claims, shape political visions, pursue foreign funding, and wage campaigns for postwar justice. Deeply sensitive to the suffering at the heart of Bosnian women’s (and men’s) wartime experiences, this book also reveals the limitations to strategies that emphasize innocence and victimhood. (Publisher)

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