Women and the contested state: religion, violence, and agency in South and Southeast Asia
Monique Skidmore, Patricia Lawrence, Program in Conflict, Religion, and Peacebuilding, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame Press, 2007 - Political Science - 260 pages
Throughout South and Southeast Asia, groups battle over definitions of identity for their state, a struggle complicated by the legacy of colonialism. The contributors to this volume explore the intricate relationships between women's agency and the state-making institutions and armed forces in Kashmir, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Burma/Myanmar. In particular, they examine the complex roles of Islam, Hinduism, and Theravada Buddhism as a way of understanding how women's agency is constituted and constrained during times of conflict with the state and other armed actors, such as guerilla groups and paramilitaries. Book jacket.
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