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Global Perspectives on War, Gender and Health
The Sociology and Anthropology of Suffering

ISBN 9781138256743
Published November 10, 2016 by Routledge
178 Pages

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Book Description

Rendering the suffering of the marginalized visible has been an important aspect of feminist sociological studies of health, illness and medicine, with the subjective experience of those without access to institutional power being at the forefront of the research. This volume analyzes the links between the suffering caused by the intentional violence of war and the unintentional suffering engendered by modern medicinal processes. By establishing a fitting tribute to the academic and campaigning work of Meg Stacey, Global Perspectives on War, Gender and Health responds to her challenge of ’why medical sociology had not yet turned its gaze upon the health consequences of war’. A selection of international case studies are used to create a volume of significant interest to sociologists and those working in the fields of anthropology, social policy, social work, peace, war and security studies, and international development.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Hannah Bradby, Gillian Lewando Hundt; Chapter 1 Feminist Antimilitarism: Scope, Problematic and Difficulties in a Potential Global Social Movement, Cynthia Cockburn; Chapter 2 Wounds and ‘Cures’ in South Asian Gender and Memory Politics, Srila Roy; Chapter 3 Sociological Perspectives on Defining and Accounting for Violence: Towards Gendering the Conflict in Northern Ireland, Linda McKie, Chris Yuill; Chapter 4 Women War Survivors in Uganda: Resilience and Suffering as Consequences of War, Helen Liebling-Kalifani; Chapter 5 Concealing Violence Against Women in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps: The Politicisation of Victimhood, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh; Chapter 6 Scribing Dhamal (Chaos): Moral and Ethical Dilemmas of Working in Areas of Violence, Rubina Jasani; Chapter 7 Identifying the ‘Resilience Factor’: An Emerging Counter Narrative to the Traditional Discourse of ‘Vulnerability’ in ‘Social Suffering’, Astier M. Almedom, Evelyn A. Brensinger, Gordon M. Adam; Chapter 8 Vision of a Peaceable Life, Parita Mukta;

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Dr Hannah Bradby (Department of Sociology) a medical sociologist and Professor Gillian Lewando Hundt an applied medical anthropologist (School of Health and Social Studies) work at the University of Warwick where they co-direct the Institute of Health.


'Speaking to and from women’s experiences of war and health, this book offers deeply moving narratives and rich multifaceted analyses. It sheds new light on complex issues and should be immensely useful to a wide range of students, practitioners and researchers. Global Perspectives on War, Gender and Health provides thought-provoking, thoughtful and distressingly timely accounts of human suffering and survival.' Annika Rabo, Stockholm University, Sweden 'It is most gratifying to witness this volume emerge to address the devastating impact on health of war, conflict and intentional organised violence. This volume vividly portrays the consequences of intended and unintended suffering across a variety of global contexts with compassion and insight, culminating in an essential and ground-breaking text for anyone working in the field of health and illness.' Gillian Bendelow, University of Sussex, UK 'This volume elucidates a view of violence and suffering from a feminist perspective within social sciences. The contributions are not narrowed to one theoretical framework; rather the book offers a broad range of critical analyses... The strength of the book is the critical and multifaceted analyses of the complex and dynamic relationships within conflict areas, including the Western medical approach... For people already working in this field, the book helps to critically rethink the vision and concepts one uses; for others, the book provides insights into the complex dynamics - often underexposed - of human suffering and survival.' Medicine, Conflict and Survival