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Gender, Conflict and Migration

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© 2006 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Research on the subject of women's migration and conflict is generally organized along the twin axes of gender and conflict, and gender and migration. The reality of women's conflict-driven migration, however, falls between these two axes.

The essays in this volume seek to fill this gap by examining the changes in status, identities and power relations among women and men as they move from a conflict situation at home, to migrant camps, to the post-conflict or peace-building phase when they return home. Using a variety of research methods—including ethnography, dialogue, oral history, textual analyses and consciousness-raising techniques—the contributors discuss issues like:

  • The thin line between choice and coercion in most conflict-related migration
  • The blurring of the division between the private sphere of women and the public sphere of men after such migration
  • The problem of finding solutions to crises which sometimes lead women to demand meaningful political participation
  • The need to go beyond 'subaltern' and marginalized conceptualizations of conflict-affected migrant women
  • The uneasy relationship between the state, citizenship, and national honor on the one hand, and women on the other, during and after conflict
  • The need for national and regional 'gender asylum laws' in view of the gendered nature of refugee laws

The volume provides key insights to the understanding of these issues in specific conflict situations throughout South Asia. It will appeal to scholars of migration studies, gender studies, peace and conflict studies, sociology, human rights and political science, and to social activists and policy makers involved in shaping refugee laws and managing humanitarian aid to refugees.

 
Series Introduction
Navnita Chadha Behera
Introduction
Nayanika Mookherjee
Muktir Gaan, the Raped Woman and Migrant Identities of the Bangladesh War
Furrukh A Khan
Speaking Violence
Pakistani Women's Narratives of Partition  
Saba Gul Khattak
Violence and Home
Afghan Women's Experience of Displacement  
Urvashi Butalia
Migration/Dislocation
A Gendered Perspective  
Anasua Basu Raychaudhury
Women after Partition
Remembering the Lost World in a Life without Future  
Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake
Between Tamil and Muslim
Women Mediating Multiple Identities in a New War  
Rita Manchanda
Contesting `Infantalization' of Forced Migrant Women
Mary O`Kane
Gender, Borders and Transversality
The Emerging Women`s Movement in the Burma-Thailand Borderlands  
Oishik Sircar
Can the Women Flee? Gender-Based Persecution, Forced Migration and Asylum Law in South Asia
Anthony Good
Gender-Based Persecution
The Case of South Asian Asylum Applicants in the United Kingdom  
 
Index

"The author uses a variety of feminist research methods, examines the ethical dilemmas faced by researchers, and addresses conceptual issues and policy implications in an interdisciplinary perspective these studies help readers better understand the dynamics of the conflict-induced migration of women, and the significance of gender and conflict in migration research and theory. An important contribution to migration and feminist studies. Highly recommended."

D. A. Chekki
University of Winnipeg

The volume attempts to break the homogeneity of state discourses by bringing in women’s experiences. The attempt is to study the uniqueness of women migrants and to highlight the particular conditions women are subjected to in conflict situations, the blurring of divisions of their private sphere as opposed to that of male migrants and the survival strategies adopted by them. Given the uneasy relationship between the state, citizenship and national honour on one hand and women migrant victims of conflict on the other, the contributors underline the need for national and regional gender asylum laws in view of the gendered nature of refugee laws.

Refugee Survey Quarterly

The essays in this book…[examine] the changes in status, identities and power relations among women and men as they move from a conflict situation at home, to migrant camps, to the post-conflict or peace-building phase when they return home. It will appeal to scholars of migration studies, gender studies, peace and conflict studies, sociology, human rights and political science and to social activists and policymakers involved in shaping refugee laws and managing humanitarian aid to refugees.

The Hindustan Times

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