Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas

mothersunderfire



Price: $34.95

Page Count: 384

Publication Date: July 2015

ISBN: 978-1-926452-17-3

“Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas” examines the experiences of women mothering in conflict areas. The aim of this collection is to engage with the nature and meaning of motherhood and mothering during times of war and/or in zones experiencing the threat of war. The essays in the collection reflect diverse disciplinary perspectives through which scholars and field practitioners reveal how conflict shapes mothering practices. One of the unique contributions of the collection is that it highlights not only the particular difficulties mothers face in various geographic locations where conflict has been prevalent, but also the ways in which mothers display agency to challenge and negotiate the circumstances that oppress them. The collection raises awareness of the needs of women and children in areas affected by military and/or political violence worldwide, and provides a basis for developing multiple policy frameworks aimed at improving existing systems of support in local contexts.

“Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas is an excellent and wel- come contribution to the study of gender and conflict, and in particular the impact of conflict on mothers and mothering. Through different disci- plinary perspectives, first person interviews, and historical and contempo- rary cases across geographic regions, this book convincingly demonstrates how mothers have agency in times of conflict and post-conflict.”
—Kristen P. Williams, Clark University

INTRODUCTION: HOW CONFLICT SHAPES MOTHERHOOD AND MOTHERWORK
BY TATJANA TAKŠEVA AND ARLENE SGOUTAS

PART 1: VIOLENCE, CONFLICT AND MOTHERING RE-CONSTRUCTED

CHAPTER 1: NEGOTIATING RISK: EXPLORING THE EXPERIENCES OF MOTHERS DURING THE CONFLICT IN EASTERN SRI LANKA
BY REBECCA WALKER

CHAPTER 2: HOLDING EVERYTHING TOGETHER: PALESTINIAN MOTHERS UNDER OCCUPATION
BY BREE AKESSON

CHAPTER 3: GIVING BIRTH IN WAR-TORN AFGHANISTAN
BY CAROL MANN

CHAPTER 4: MOTHERING IN THE CONTEXT OF ISOLATION AND INSECURITY: TRACING THE EXPERIENCES OF YOUNG WOMEN FORMERLY ASSOCIATED WITH ARMED GROUPS IN COLOMBIA
BY LINDSAY JONES AND MYRIAM DENOV

CHAPTER 5: MOTHER’HOOD: MOTHERING AMIDST GANG WARFARE
BY LILIANA ROSSMANN

CHAPTER 6: WE ARE ALSO MOTHERS: RWANDAN WOMEN WITH CHILDREN BORN OF GENOCIDE
BY CLAUDINE UMULISA

CHAPTER 7: RAISING CHILDREN BORN OF WARTIME RAPE IN BOSNIA: A MATERNAL PHILOSOPHY PERSPECTIVE
BY TATJANA TAKŠEVA

CHAPTER 8: MATERNAL PEDAGOGIES IN SWAT VALLEY, PAKISTAN: ON FAITH, JIHAD, AND PEACE
BY LUBNA CHAUDHRY

CHAPTER 9: LAMENTATION IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY: TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND WAR
BY Kristina Passman Nielson

PART 2: IMMIGRATION, DISPLACEMENT, REFUGE

CHAPTER 10: FRACTURED MOTHERING: THE IMPACT OF U.S. AND ARIZONA IMMIGRATION POLICIES ON SPANISH-SPEAKING IMMIGRANT MOTHERS WITH U.S. CITIZEN AND NON-U.S. CITIZEN CHILDREN
BY SALLY STEVENS AND ROSI ANDRADE

CHAPTER 11: WHEN TRAGEDY IS NOT ENOUGH: FEMALE SYRIAN REFUGEES IN A NEW HOMELAND
BY DAVID EICHERT

CHAPTER 12: EXPERIENCES OF PAKISTANI MOTHERS IN DISPLACED FAMILIES
BY ANWAR SHAHEEN AND NAZISH KHAN

CHAPTER 13: REFUGEE MOTHERING, RESETTLEMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH
BY JACQUELINE CICCIO PARSONS, REBEKAH R. PENDER AND LARRY V. PARSONS

CHAPTER 14: MOTHERS’ DECISION MAKING POWER: A NEW VISION FOR WORKING WITH INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS IN UGANDA AND KENYA
BY TUSHABE WA TUSHABE AND BRILLIAN BESI MUHONJA

PART 3: MOTHERS AS FIGHTERS AND ACTIVISTS

CHAPTER 15: MOTHERS AS SOLDIERS: BEYOND THE VEIL OF GENDERED WAR
BY LIDIYA ZUBYSTKA

CHAPTER 16: RURAL MAYAN MOTHERHOOD AND ACTIVISM DURING THE GUATEMALAN CIVIL WAR
BY RACHEL O’DONNELL

CHAPTER 17: CHALLENGING THE OFFICIAL STORY: ALICIA KOZAMEH, ALICIA PARTNOY AND MOTHER ACTIVISM DURING ARGENTINA’S DIRTY WARS (1976-1983)
BY BENAY BLEND

CHAPTER 18: BLAMING THE MOTHER: THE POLITICS OF GENDER IN CINDY SHEEHAN’S PROTEST OF THE IRAQ WAR
BY LINDA PERSHING

CONCLUSIONS AND THE WAY FORWARD
BY ARLENE SGOUTAS AND TATJANA TAKŠEVA

Tatjana Takševa is an Associate Professor at the English Department and the Women and Gender Studies Program at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. She has published articles on motherhood and consum- erism, motherhood and teaching, intensive mothering practices, as well as Renaissance literature and multiculturalism, cross-cultural communi- cation and digital media. Her current research is focused on the recent Balkan war, the enforced impregnation of women in the rape camps, and mothering children born of rape. She is currently working on genocidal rape, motherhood and the discourse of national identity on the Balkans. She is a member of a research team working on wartime rapes and transgenerational trauma in post-WWII Germany and post-conflict Bosnia, and a member of the Central and Eastern European Studies Research Group – Groupe de recherche en études de l’Europe Centrale et de l’Est at the University of Ottawa. She has presented her research on the Bosnian rape camps at a number of national and international public and scholarly forums.

Arlene Sgoutas is an Associate Professor and Director at the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services at Metropolitan State University of Denver in Denver, CO. Her research and teaching interests are focused on femi- nist interventions in international relations with an emphasis on women’s movements in the developing world.