Women, Violence and War: Wartime Victimization of Refugees in the Balkans

Women, Violence and War: Wartime Victimization of Refugees in the Balkans

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Overview

"This book (is) extremely useful in discovering the other, less known and silenced womens' suffering during the Yugoslav War... a timely contribution, I would certainly purchase this book for myself and my students." Professor Svetlana Slapsack, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

"This book powerfully reveals, from the concrete experiences of women victims, that evil and aggression could be awakened almost anywhere, anytime." Professor Marina Blagojevic, Women's Study Centre, Belgrade

Based on interviews with seventy women refugees, Women, Violence and War is a book about war as it is seen, lived and interpreted by women who were citizens of the former Yugoslavia.

Many of the accounts portray the horrific experiences the victims had to face and the book addresses issues of sexual, physical and psychological violence, as well as problems of confinement, upheaval and family separation. In a completely new insight the book dispels the myth that many of the women were peasants, and shows that in fact they were educated, middle-class women with independent careers. The study also depicts how some of the victims attempt to come to terms with the aftermath of wartime abuse.

This probing, accurate and unique investigation of victimization is an unparalleled volume that presents a completely new perspective maintaining that violence against women in war is not independent of peace-time victimization and the imbalance of power between sexes.

Contents
Preface. Introduction. Definitions of violence in war and the female experience, The method and the sample, Sexual violence, Physical abuse and homicide, Psychic violence and fear in war and theirconsequences for the psychological health of women, Separation from family and its destruction, Life in refuge, Social acceptance and difficulties of adaption to the new environment, Strategies of support and health Conclusion. Appendixes


2000
300 pages

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789639116603
Publisher: Central European University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Pages: 245
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.88(d)

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