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Gender, Conflict and Peace in Kashmir
Invisible Stakeholders


  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107041875

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  • This book demonstrates that gender is a key component of conflict and peace discourse. The marginalization of women in conflict and peace is all pervasive. Kashmir is a mirror image of this global scenario. Kashmiri women aided the militant movement in significant ways though they did not take part in direct combat. They played key roles to sustain and nourish the movement – as protestors, protectors and motivators, and facilitators. Their experiences of participation in the conflict, however, remain subdued by the dominant masculinist discourse. Kashmiri women are excluded from the militancy discourse as contributors as well as from peacemaking discourse as stakeholders. The study interrogates theory and practice of women's participation in conflict and argues that changed gender-roles during conflict do not necessarily revolutionize socially ascribed norms. The book also examines the experiences of women in sustaining conflict to make a case for their due place in negotiating formal peace.

    • Provides novel insights on gender and conflict in South Asia with Kashmir as locus of the study
    • Combines theoretical framework with empirical analysis to demonstrate the crucial significance of gender for conflict and peace discourse
    • Transcends traditional victimhood discourse to focus on the role of women as actors and argues that it is essential to recognize the position of women in conflict
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107041875
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 159 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Feminism, international relations and war
    2. Women making war in South Asia
    3. Conflict within contested Kashmir
    4. Engendering the conflict
    5. All-women separatist groups
    6. Making peace sans gender
    7. Conclusion
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  • Author

    Seema Shekhawat, University of Mumbai, India
    Seema Shekhawat is senior research fellow at the Peace and Conflict Studies Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal. She worked at the University of Mumbai and University of Jammu, India as a research faculty member. Her publications include Conflict and Displacement in Jammu and Kashmir: The Gender Dimension (2006) and Contested Border and Division of Families in Kashmir: Contextualizing the Ordeal of the Kargil Women (2009). Dr Shekhawat is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Internal Displacement, and Research Papers, the journal of the Human Rights Conflict Prevention Center, University of Bihac, Bosnia. She is a member of several organizations including Dignity and Humiliation Studies, Action Asia and EPOS.

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