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Throughout South and Southeast Asia, groups battle over definitions of identity—in direction and character—for their state, a struggle complicated by the legacy of colonialism. The contributors to this volume explore the intricate, dynamic relationships that pertain between women's agency and the state-making institutions and armed forces of Kashmir, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Burma (Myanmar). They also address the complex roles of Islam, Hinduism, and Theravada Buddhism in these postcolonial dynamics. In particular, the contributors examine religion as a way of understanding how women’s agency is constituted, created, and constrained during times of conflict with the state and other armed actors, such as guerilla groups and paramilitaries. These essays at the intersection of gender, religion, and peace studies will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students who study conflict and hope for peace in South and Southeast Asia.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction: Religion and Women in Peace and Conflict Studies
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contesting Traditions: Religion and Violence in South Asia
  2. pp. 7-23
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  1. Part I. Between Subjects and Citizens: Women, the "Modern" State, and Violence in South Asia
  2. pp. 25-28
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  1. The Citizen as Sexed: Women, Violence, and Reproduction
  2. pp. 29-49
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  1. The Nuclear Fetish: Violence, Affect, and the Postcolonial State
  2. pp. 50-63
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  1. Overcoming the Silent Archive in Bangladesh: Women Bearing Witness to Violence in the 1971 "Liberation" War
  2. pp. 64-82
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  1. Part II. Resisting Terror: Women, Agency, and the Micropolitics of Sri Lankan Life
  2. pp. 83-88
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  1. The Watch of Tamil Women: Women’s Acts in a Transitional Warscape
  2. pp. 89-116
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  1. Mothers and Wives of the Disappeared in Southern Sri Lanka: Fragmented Geographies of Moral Discomfort
  2. pp. 117-138
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  1. The Other Body and the Body Politic: Contingency and Dissonance in Narratives of Violence
  2. pp. 139-164
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  1. PART III. Encounters with the Mysterious: Alternative Power Structures in Authoritarian Burma
  2. pp. 165-170
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  1. Buddha’s Mother and the Billboard Queens: Moral Power in Contemporary Burma
  2. pp. 171-187
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  1. With Patience We Can Endure
  2. pp. 188-207
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  1. To Marry a Man or a Spirit? Women, the Spirit Possession Cult, and Domination in Burma
  2. pp. 208-228
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 229-247
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 248-250
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-260
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268092696
Related ISBN
9780268041250
MARC Record
OCLC
676292108
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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