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The eleven-year civil war in Sierra Leone from 1991 to 2002 was incomprehensibly brutal—it is estimated that half of all female refugees were raped and many thousands were killed. While the publicity surrounding sexual violence helped to create a general picture of women and girls as victims of the conflict, there has been little effort to understand female soldiers' involvement in, and experience of, the conflict. Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone draws on interviews with 75 former female soldiers and over 20 local experts, providing a rare perspective on both the civil war and post-conflict development efforts in the country. Megan MacKenzie argues that post-conflict reconstruction is a highly gendered process, demonstrating that a clear recognition and understanding of the roles and experiences of female soldiers are central to both understanding the conflict and to crafting effective policy for the future.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword: The New Feminist International Relations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Introduction: Conjugal Order and Insecurity Post-Conflict
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. The History of Sex, Order, and Conflict in Sierra Leone
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. 3. Defining Soldiers
  2. pp. 45-62
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  1. 4. Empowerment Boom or Bust? Assessing Women’s Post–Armed Conflict Empowerment Initiatives
  2. pp. 63-84
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  1. 5. Securitization and Desecuritization: Female Soldiers and the Reconstruction of Women
  2. pp. 85-98
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  1. 6. Securitizing Sex? Rethinking Wartime Sexual Violence
  2. pp. 99-116
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  1. 7. Loving Your Enemy: Rape, Sex, Childbirth, and Politics Post–Armed Conflict
  2. pp. 117-136
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  1. 8. Conclusion: Displacing War Mythology and Developmental Logic
  2. pp. 137-146
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 147-168
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 169-174
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 175
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814771259
Related ISBN
9780814761373
MARC Record
OCLC
810933437
Pages
188
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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