Gender, Power, and Military Occupations
Asia Pacific and the Middle East since 1945
Edited by Christine De Matos, Rowena Ward
Routledge – 2012 – 254 pages
Military occupations and interventions have a gendered impact on both those engaged in occupying, and those whose lands have been occupied. Yet little is known about this gendered impact, in terms of both masculinities and femininities, either historically or in contemporary times. While research in this area has begun to grow since events in Iraq and Afghanistan, this collection helps redress the relative neglect by examining and analysing the impact of occupation on men and women, both occupied and occupier, in a variety of geographical spaces from Japan to Palestine to Iraq. Gendered perspectives are also intimately tied to analyses of ‘power’: how power is enacted by the occupier; how powerlessness is experienced by the occupied; how power is negotiated, shared, compromised, subverted, reclaimed; power as visible and invisible; institutional power; contested power in post-conflict societies; and power as discursively constructed. The term ‘military occupation’ is interpreted broadly to include occupation, interventions, the presence of military bases and peacekeeping/post-conflict operations. This interpretation allows space to demonstrate that the lines between each definition are blurred, especially when it comes to analysing gender and power.
1. Analyzing Gendered Occupation Power Christine de Matos and Rowena Ward Part I: Asia and the Pacific 2. Occupation Masculinities: The Residues of Colonial Power in Australian Occupied Japan Christine de Matos 3. Encountering National and Gendered Selves: Identity Formation of Okinawan Students in the United States during the US Occupation of Okinawa Kinuko Maehara Yamazato 4. Histories of Violence: Occupation, Resistance and Masculinities in Timor Leste Henri Myrttinen 5. Lily Pads and Leisure Meccas: The Gendered Political Economy of Post-Base and Post-9/11 Philippines Bronwyn Winter 6. Chamorro Warriors and Godmothers Meet Uncle Sam: Gender, Loyalty and Resistance to US Military Occupation in Postwar Guam Miyume Tanji 7. The Northern Territory Intervention in Australia: A Grassroots Perspective Miliwanga Sandy and Kathleen Clapham Part II: South Asia and the Middle East 8. Caught between Cultures: How the Occupation of Iraq Is Reinforcing and Redefining Gender Roles Marcus Schulzke 9. The People Follow the Mullah, and the Mullah Follows the People: Politics of Aid and Gender in Afghanistan post-2001 Joyce Wu 10. Abu Ghraib: A Ghostly Story Stefka Hristova 11. The National Struggle and Women’s Rights: The Case of Palestine Rose Shomali Musleh 12. This Garden Uprooted: Gendered violence, Suffering and Resistance in Indian-Administered Kashmir Shubh Mathur 13. Forced Encounters and Gendered Impacts: Past, Present and Future Keiko Tamura Notes on Contributors Notes Index
Christine de Matos is a Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her recent publications include Occupying the ‘Other’: Australia and military occupations from Japan to Iraq (co-edited with Robin Gerster, 2009), and Love under occupation: A personal journey through war, marriage and White Australia (co-authored with Noel Huggett 2010).
Rowena Ward is a Lecturer in Japanese at the University of Wollongong. Her research interests include labor migration, internment and repatriation. Rowena is presently researching the internment in Australia of Japanese residents of British and French colonies in the South Pacific between 1942 and 1946.