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Women in Peace Politics

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Paula Banerjee - Vice-Chancellor, The Sanskrit College and University


June 2008 | 364 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Women in Peace Politics explores the role of women as agents and visionaries of peace in South Asia. Peace is redefined to include in its fold the attempt by women to be a part of the peace making process, reworking the structural inequalities faced by them and their struggle against all forms of oppression.

This volume, the third in the series of the South Asia Peace Studies, deals with the myriad dimensions of peace as practised by South Asian women over a period of time. It chronicles the lives of "ordinary" women—their transformative role in peace and an attempt to create a space of their own. Their peace activism is examined in the historical context of their participation in national liberation movements since the early twentieth century. The articles in the collection adopt a new approach to understanding peace—as a desire to end repression that cuts across caste, class, race and gender and an effort on the part of women to transform their position in society.

This compilation would interest a wide readership besides students and scholars of human rights, peace and security studies, politics and international relations.

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Series Note  
Preface  
Samir Kumar Das
I. IDEAS & IDEOLOGIES: Introduction
Shefali Ranabir Samaddar
Security, Gender and Conflict Prevention: Perceptions from South Asia Sumona Dasgupta
Ethnicity and Democracy Meet When Mothers Protest Samir Kumar Das
Afterword Stree Shakti Sanghatana
Islam, Feminism and the Women's Movement in Pakistan: 1981-1991 Fauzia Gardezi
Women, Nationalism and War: "Make Love Not War" Rada Ivecovic
Kalpana Kannabiran
II. MOVEMENTS: Introduction
Women in Sri Lankan Peace Politics Saro Thiruppathy and Nirekha De Silva
Motherhood as a Space of Protest: Women's Political Participation in Contemporary Sri Lanka Malathi De Alwis
Negotiating Peace: Feminist Reflections Kalpana Kannabiran, Volga and Vasantha Kannabiran
The Space Between: Women's Negotiations with Democracy Paula Banerjee
Minorities, Women and Peace: A South Asian Perspective Meghna Guhathakurta
III. VOICES: Introduction Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
Shed No More Blood: Mothers for Peace  
WAF to Continue Protest Against Discriminatory Laws  
The Way of the World Josiane Racine and Jean Luc Racine
Chadur Aur Diwari Fehmida Riyaz
Drawing Lines, Erasing Lines: Feminism as a Resource in Opposing Xenophobia and Separatism Cynthia Cockburn
In Conversation with Dr Hanan Ashrawi Aditi Bhaduri
Further Readings on Themes in Peace Studies  
Index  

The aim of the series is to portray multiple trajectories of peace. This volume deals with the various aspects of peace as practised by South Asian women and highlights women’s various roles as visionaries and agents of peace in South Asia…. On the whole, this book is an important resource for those working in the field of peace and conflict.

Gender, Technology and Development

Women in Peace Politics is so refreshing to read. The volume does not deal with lofty treatises of governments and game theories that policy-makers love to spin, or claim grand solutions for conflict resolutions. Instead, it challenges the existing notion that the only effective way of dealing with violence — in the name of people’s peace and security — is more violence…. This book is no doubt a contribution to the growing body of significant work on peace politics started in India by feminist author-publishers Ritu Menon, Urvashi Butalia and Rita Manchanda among others.

Economic and Political Weekly

Located in a feminist framework this bouquet for young women researchers brings back relevant theoretical insights of how feminists look at gender issues and the construction of masculinities and feminities during times of war and peace.

The Book Review

This book chronicles varied experiences, reactions and viewpoints of women who are placed in variegated situations. Erudite, enlightening and absorbing read.

The Tribune

This book explores the role of women as agents and visionaries of peace in South Asia….The articles in the collection adopt a new approach to understanding peace – as a desire to end repression that cuts across caste, class, race, and gender and an effort on the part of the women to transform their position in the society.

Free Press Journal

This volume reflects the multiplicity of women’s role in peace politics in South Asia through a collection of important articles on the subject.

Prabhaat Khabar

The book explores the role of women as agents and visionaries of peace in South Asia... The book also deals with the myriad dimensions of peace as practiced by South Asian women over a period of time.

The Pioneer

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ISBN: 9780761935704
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