The Body of War: Media, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Break-up of Yugoslavia

The Body of War: Media, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Break-up of Yugoslavia

by Kristen Ghodsee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822339668

ISBN-13: 9780822339663

Pub. Date: 09/03/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In The Body of War, Dubravka Žarkov analyzes representations of female and male bodies in the Croatian and Serbian press in the late 1980s and in the early 1990s, during the war in which Yugoslavia disintegrated. Žarkov proposes that the Balkan war was not a war between ethnic groups; rather, ethnicity was produced by the war itself. Žarkov

Overview

In The Body of War, Dubravka Žarkov analyzes representations of female and male bodies in the Croatian and Serbian press in the late 1980s and in the early 1990s, during the war in which Yugoslavia disintegrated. Žarkov proposes that the Balkan war was not a war between ethnic groups; rather, ethnicity was produced by the war itself. Žarkov explores the process through which ethnicity was generated, showing how lived and symbolic female and male bodies became central to it. She does not posit a direct causal relationship between hate speech published in the press during the mid-1980s and the acts of violence in the war. Instead, she argues that both the representational practices of the “media war” and the violent practices of the “ethnic war” depended on specific, shared notions of femininity and masculinity, norms of (hetero)sexuality, and definitions of ethnicity.

Tracing the links between the war and press representations of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, Žarkov examines the media’s coverage of two major protests by women who explicitly identified themselves as mothers, of sexual violence against women and men during the war, and of women as militants. She draws on contemporary feminist analyses of violence to scrutinize international and local feminist writings on the war in former Yugoslavia. Demonstrating that some of the same essentialist ideas of gender and sexuality used to produce and reinforce the significance of ethnic differences during the war often have been invoked by feminists, she points out the political and theoretical drawbacks to grounding feminist strategies against violence in ideas of female victimhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822339663
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/03/2007
Series:
Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
The Maternal Body
The Whore against the Mother of All Serbs     19
Pictures of the Wall of Love     43
Troubles with Motherhood     69
The Victimized Body
The Body of All Serbs     85
All the Bodies of Croatia     102
Sexual Geographies of Ethnicity     116
On Victims and Villains     143
The Body of the Other Man     155
Troubles with the Victim     170
The Armed Body
Soldiers of Tradition     191
Troubles with Arms     212
Notes     233
Bibliography     257
Index     281

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