Women’s Lived Landscapes of War and Liberation in Mozambique: Bodily Memory and The Gendered Aesthetics of Home, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Women’s Lived Landscapes of War and Liberation in Mozambique

Bodily Memory and The Gendered Aesthetics of Home, 1st Edition

By Jonna Katto


304 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367252472
pub: 2019-10-15
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This book tells the history of the changing gendered landscapes of northern Mozambique from the perspective of women who fought in the armed struggle for national independence, diverting from the often-told narrative of women in nationalist wars that emphasizes a linear plot of liberation.

Taking a novel approach in focusing on the body, senses, and landscape, Jonna Katto, through a study of the women ex-combatants’ lived landscapes, shows how their life trajectories unfold as non-linear spatial histories. This brings into focus the women’s shifting and multi-layered negotiations for personal space and belonging. This book explores the life memories of the now aging female ex-combatants in the province of Niassa in northern Mozambique, looking at how the female ex-combatants’ experiences of living in these northern landscapes have shaped their sense of socio-spatial belonging and attachment. It builds on the premise that individual embodied memory cannot be separated from social memory; personal lives are culturally shaped. Thus, the book does not just tell the history of a small and rather unique group of women, but also speaks about wider cultural histories of body-landscape relations in northern Mozambique, and especially changes in those relations.

Enriching our understanding of the gendered history of the liberation struggle in Mozambique and informing broader discussions on gender and nationalism, this book will be of interest to students and scholars in African history, especially the colonial and postcolonial history of Lusophone Africa, as well as gender/women’s history and peace and conflict studies.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Talking Freedom

1. FRELIMO Nationalism, Female Bodies, and the Language of Gender

Part 2: Violent Liberation

2. Female Combatants and the Gendered Styles of Being

3. Guerrilla Life and the Haptics of the “Bush”

4. Body Feelings and Violent Memories

Part 3: Beautiful Belonging

5. Living Landscape

6. Rhythmic Beauty

7. Home, (Be)longing, and the Beautiful

About the Author

Jonna Katto is Postdoctoral Researcher in African Studies at the Department of Cultures at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Africa

This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political, cultural and social history of individual countries as well as broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

Themes include social and economic change, colonial experiences, independence movements, post-independence governments, globalization in Africa, nationalism, gender histories, conflict, the Atlantic Slave trade, the environment, health and medicine, ethnicity, urbanisation, and neo-colonialism and aid.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Leanne Hinves leanne.hinves@tandf.co.uk

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Africa / East
HISTORY / Africa / South / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies