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Militarization and Violence against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: A Palestinian Case-Study

ISBN13: 9780521708791
Published: May 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £30.99

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This book examines and discusses the ordeals that women face as violence is perpetrated against them in politically conflicted and militarized areas. In conflict zones, every act is affected by, dependent on and mobilised by militaristic values. The militarization of both the private and public space and the use of the gendered bodies increases the vulnerability of both men and women, and further masculinises the patriarchal hegemonic powers. Through the stories and ordeals of women in politically conflicted areas and war zones, and by sharing voices of Palestinian women from the Occupied Territories, it is shown that claims such as ‘security reasoning’, fear from ‘terrorism’, nationalism, preservation of ‘cultural authenticity’ and preservation of the land can turn women’s bodies and lives into boundary markers and thus sites of violence, contestation and resistance.

  • Analysis and elaboration of women's own voices lend authenticity to the text, allowing the reader to understand the experiences of women in conflict ridden areas
  • Offers an innovative clarification of how women's bodies are turned into weapons in conflict areas, thus introducing readers to a new approach for theorising violence against women
  • Examines the price women pay to reconstruct a liberated space in an incarcerated context

1. Introduction
2. Violent translations: women, war, and narrative in conflict zones
3. Veiled powers: conceptualizing woman and/as the 'nation'
4. Women frontliners in conflict zones: a genealogy of weaponization
5. Speaking truth to power: voices of Palestinian women facing the wall
6. Ruminations and final thoughts: women in-between.