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Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan: Politics and the Body in a Squatter Settlement

Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan: Politics and the Body in a Squatter Settlement

by Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf
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Over twenty years of civil war in predominantly Christian Southern Sudan has forced countless people from their homes. Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan examines the lives of women who have forged a new community in a shantytown on the outskirts of Khartoum, the largely Muslim, heavily Arabized capital in the north of the country.

            Sudanese-born anthropologist Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf delivers a rich ethnography of this squatter settlement based on personal interviews with displaced women and careful observation of the various strategies they adopt to reconstruct their lives and livelihoods. Her findings debunk the myth that these settlements are utterly abject, and instead she discovers a dynamic culture where many women play an active role in fighting for peace and social change. Abusharaf also examines the way women’s bodies are politicized by their displacement, analyzing issues such as religious conversion, marriage, and female circumcision.

            An urgent dispatch from the ongoing humanitarian crisis in northeastern Africa, Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan will be essential for anyone concerned with the interrelated consequences of war, forced migration, and gender inequality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226001999
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf is associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Social Sciences at Qatar University and a visiting scholar in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.

Table of Contents


Introduction Through the Eyes of the Displaced 

One      Dissent Historicized

Two     Becoming Displaced

Three   Gendered Rituals

Four     Negotiating Peace

Epilogue          “This Is My Country”

Appendix A     Primary Informants

Appendix B      Camps and Shantytowns in Greater Khartoum, Sudan

Appendix C      Profile of Women in Izzbba




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