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Women In War: Examples from Norway and Beyond

Edited by: Kjersti Ericsson

ISBN13: 9781472445179
Published: November 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book examines what happens to women and gender relations in times of upheaval. The experience of Norway during World War II, with some visits to other parts of the world as well, is used to demonstrate general, gendered issues that are actualized in wars both past and present.

The authors explore whether gendered cultural conceptions influence the way war is remembered and represented, both collectively and individually. The collection discusses the various roles of women during the war from resistance fighter to `German tart’ and how they dealt with and were treated in the aftermath. The chapters examine the position of Jewish victims of persecution, foreign female labourers, and gay men, as well as the gendered response exhibited by the state police. The book concludes by following the struggle to bring women’s role in war and peacebuilding onto the international agenda.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars in the field of criminology, as well as peace and conflict studies, political science, sociology of law, history, social work, social pedagogy, psychology and gender studies.

International Criminal Law, Norway
Prologue: the nightgown, Sanna Orsjodal Brattland.
Part I Frames: Introduction, Kjersti Ericsson
Women and war, Kristen P. Williams.
Part II Suffering and Survival: Norwegian Jewish women: wartime agency - post-war silence, Irene Levin
Female forced labourers from 'the East' - a forgotten part of Norwegian war history, Marianne Neerland Soleim
Sexual violence in armed conflicts, Anette Bringedal Houge
'There were also a few women imprisoned at Falstad.' The history of female prisoners in a former SS camp 1942-1945, Jon Reitan.
Part III Contested Relations: Gendered relations in war. Norway - a case study, Claudia Lenz
Different, insignificant, dangerous? Gay men and lesbians before, during and after the war, Kristin Hobson
Women in darkness, Unni Rustad and Kjersti Ericsson
Love and war - Norwegian women in consensual sexual relationships with German soldiers, Kjersti Ericsson.
Part IV In the Aftermath: 'Routine office work'. Norwegian Stapo - women in war and post war trials, Per Ole Johansen
Accused of being 'German whores': the internment of the so-called German girls, Knut Papendorf
Shame and silence - the experience of German-Norwegian war children, Kjersti Ericsson and Eva Simonsen
Women, war, violence and peace-making - international developments, Inger Skjelsbaek. Index.