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Meinbjas, S, Pillay, A and Tursen M eds. (2001) The Aftermath: women in Post-Conflict Transformation. Zed Books: London : 1-258.

What happens to women in the aftermath of war? This book asserts that for women there is no aftermath - a truce does not end gendered violence.

The first part of this book asks how transitions from war to peace and from authoritarian to democratic regimes can be used as opportunities for real social transformation. It presents an honest accounting of what women lose and gain in wartime and how they organise, as well as an analysis of why they fail to consolidate their gains. It reflects on how war changes identities, on the myths that men and women invent about each other in wartime, and on the problems of reconciliation and women's solidarity; and it focusses specifically on shifts in gender relations in the context of post-conflict reconstruction and transformation. Finally, the contributors consider the relation of the state to society in the aftermath, searching for a vision of the transformed society.

The evidence presented in the second part of this book documents the varied nature of war and the many post-war situations, including Haitian and Balkan examples, Asian cases, and experiences in different African conflict zones.

What the Critics Thought of Meredeth Turshen's previous book: What Women do in Wartime

'This remarkable book should be compulsory reading for anyone wanting to understand more about conflict and its impact on women and society as a whole….Comprehensive, readable and well referenced.' - Health and Policy Planning

'The testimony provided in this book is vitally important…Turshen and Twagiramariya are to be commended for forcing the unthinkable into our awareness.' - Review of African Political Economy

'What Women do in Wartime describes and analyses the experience of women in African civil wars…The images which emerge are both powerful and disturbing. [The book] serves as an insistent testimony of the personal suffering, tragedy and degradation of warfare.' - International Affairs

'What Women do in Wartime provide[s] a powerful delineation and analysis of women's experiences in civil wars, wars of liberation and their aftermath.' - Agenda

'An important and exciting contribution to [the] writing of women's narratives of war.… It drives home the need to bring women into the decision-making process, be it for war-waging or sustainable peace-making'. - Seminar


Part I. Overviews of the Themes

1. There is No Aftermath for Women - Meredeth Turshen, Sheila Meintjes and Anu Pillay

2. Women in Conflicts, Their Gains and Their Losses - Codou Bop

3. Violence Against Women in The Aftermath -
Anu Pillay

4. Problems of Identity, Solidarity and Reconciliation - Tina Sideris

5. War and Post-War Shifts in Gender Relations - Sheila Meintjes

6. Engendering Relations of States to Societies in the Aftermath - Meredeth Turshen

Part II. Contemporary Experiences

7. Ambivalent Gains in Conflicts in South Asia -
Rita Manchanda

8. Liberated, But Not Free: Women in Post-War Eritrea - Sondra Hale

9. Rape in War and Peace: Social Context, Gender, Power and Identity - Tina Sideris

10. Between Love, Anger and Madness: Building Peace in Haiti - Myriam Merlet

11. Caring at the Same Time: On Feminist Politics during the NATO Bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Ethnic
Cleansing of Albanians in Kosova, 1999 - Lepa Mladjenovic

12. Healing and Changing: The Changing Identity of Women in the Aftermath of the Ogoni Crisis in Nigeria - Okechukwu Ibeanu

13. Ambivalent Maternalisms: Cursing as Public Protest in Sri Lanka - Malathi de Alwis

14. 'We want Women to be given an Equal Chance': Post-independence Rural Politics in Northern Namibia - Heike Becker

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