Gender, Violent Conflict and Development

Edited by Dubravka Zarkov

Gender, Violent Conflict and Development

Edited by Dubravka Zarkov

Distributed for Zubaan Books

330 pages | 5 x 8
Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9788189013608 Published December 2008 World sales rights except India

The last few decades have witnessed growing theoretical and practical concerns about the intersections between violent conflict and development. Links between poverty and natural resources have been minutely explored, and attention has also been given to how state collapse and bad governance have contributed to violent conflict.

However, gender relations and ideologies have often been overlooked in theorization of these interconnections, as well as in designing development strategies meant to mend the devastating impact that war leaves on a society.

This book looks at the intersections between development practice and violent conflict from an explicit gender perspective and situates the fields of inquiry within a global condition of neo-liberal economy and militarism. Using the notions of femininity and masculinity as analytical tools, contributors question theoretical, political and policy approaches pertaining to specific development strategies in times of prolonged violent conflict, transitions to peace, and post-conflict periods. They further analyse various social, cultural, economic and political processes and relations of power that impact upon different groups of women, men and children in the contexts of militarization and violence.



Dubravka Zarkov: On Militarism, Economy and Gender: Working in Global Contexts


Judy el-Bushra: The Culture of Peace, or the Culture of the Sound-Bite? Development Practice and the ’Tyranny of Policy

Edda Kirleis: Rethinking Gender, Violent Conflict and Development from Local Perspectives: Reclaiming Political Agency in South Asia

Sarala Emmanuel: Global Issues, Local Realities: A Note from a Post-Tsunami Coastal Town in Sri Lanka


Ruth Jacobson: Gender, Development and Conflict in Mozambique: Lessons of a ’Success’ Story

Sunila Abeysekera: Organizing and Mobilizing Women for Peace: Some Reflections on Sri Lanka

Welmoed Koekebakker: Women and Violent Conflict in Iraq: A Story Behind the Photographs

Chiseche Mibenge: Gender and Ethnicity in Rwanda: On Legal Remedies for Victims of Wartime Sexual Violence

Henri Myrttinen: Sketching the Militias: Constructions of Violent Masculinity in the East Timor Conflict


Dyan Mazurana and Khristopher Carlson: Children and Youth in Fighting Forces: On War Slavery and War Economies in Africa

Terrell Carver: Interdisciplinary Intersections: Linking Gender Studies, Development Studies and International Relations

Annemiek Richters: Trauma and Healing: Cross-cultural and Methodological Perspectives on Post-conflict Recovery and Development

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