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Women in Peace Politics explores the role of women as agents and visionaries of peace in South Asia. Peace is redefined to include in its fold the attempt by women to be a part of the peace making process, reworking the structural inequalities faced by them and their struggle against all forms of oppression.
This volume, the third in the series of the South Asia Peace Studies, deals with the myriad dimensions of peace as practised by South Asian women over a period of time. It chronicles the lives of "ordinary" women--their transformative role in peace and an attempt to create a space of their own. Their peace activism is examined in the historical context of their participation in national liberation movements since the early twentieth century. The articles in the collection adopt a new approach to understanding peace--as a desire to end repression that cuts across caste, class, race and gender and an effort on the part of women to transform their position in society.
This compilation would interest a wide readership besides students and scholars of human rights, peace and security studies, politics and international relations.
The aim of the series is to portray multiple trajectories of peace. This volume deals with the various aspects of peace as practised by South Asian women and highlights women's various roles as visionaries and agents of peace in South Asia.... On the whole, this book is an important resource for those working in the field of peace and conflict.
(Gender, Technology and Development)
Women in Peace Politics is so refreshing to read. The volume does not deal with lofty treatises of governments and game theories that policy-makers love to spin, or claim grand solutions for conflict resolutions. Instead, it challenges the existing notion that the only effective way of dealing with violence -- in the name of people's peace and security -- is more violence.... This book is no doubt a contribution to the growing body of significant work on peace politics started in India by feminist author-publishers Ritu Menon, Urvashi Butalia and Rita Manchanda among others.
(Economic and Political Weekly)
Located in a feminist framework this bouquet for young women researchers brings back relevant theoretical insights of how feminists look at gender issues and the construction of masculinities and feminities during times of war and peace.
(The Book Review)
This book chronicles varied experiences, reactions and viewpoints of women who are placed in variegated situations. Erudite, enlightening and absorbing read.
This book explores the role of women as agents and visionaries of peace in South Asia....The articles in the collection adopt a new approach to understanding peace - as a desire to end repression that cuts across caste, class, race, and gender and an effort on the part of the women to transform their position in the society.
(Free Press Journal)
This volume reflects the multiplicity of women's role in peace politics in South Asia through a collection of important articles on the subject.
The book explores the role of women as agents and visionaries of peace in South Asia... The book also deals with the myriad dimensions of peace as practiced by South Asian women over a period of time.
About the Author
Paula Banerjee specializes in issues of border and borderlands in South Asia. She has published extensively on issues of gender, forced migration and peace politics. Her recent publications include a volume entitled Borders, Histories, Existences: Gender and Beyond (2010). S he has edited a volume entitled Women in Peace Politics (2008) and co-edited books on Internal Displacement in South Asia (2005), Autonomy beyond Kant and Hermeneutics (2007) and Marginalities and Justice (2009). S he has been working on themes related to women, borders and democracy in South Asia, and has published extensively in journals such as International Studies and Canadian Women's Studies on issues such as histories of borders and women in conflict situations. S he was the former Head of the Department in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Calcutta, and is currently Associate Professor in the same Department. She is also the Vice President of International Association for Study of Forced Migration.