War, Flight, and Exile: Gendered Violence among Refugee Women from Post-Yugoslav States
Korac, M. 2004. War, Flight, and Exile: Gendered Violence among Refugee Women from Post-Yugoslav States. in: Giles, W. and Hyndman, J. (ed.) Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones Berkeley University of California Press. pp. 249-272
|Giles, W. and Hyndman, J.
This chapter analyzes changes in the gender roles and responsibilities of refugee women in the post-Yugoslav states caused by their forced displacement. It begins by addressing the ‘logic’ of the exclusionary politics of ethnic nationalism in the region, and the social and political implications of women’s forced migration. In documenting the experiences of women I interviewed as they became refugees, the chapter examines changes in their roles and social relations caused by the gendered violence of war, flight and exile. The women are of different ethnic-nationalities and have varied experiences of becoming refugees. Nevertheless, the interviews reveal that these women have much in common. The hardships of their survival in exile and the development of successful coping strategies through which they confront their victimization are both the potential spaces for the creation of new narratives of belonging and multiple identities.
|gender roles; refugee women; post-Yugoslav states; ethnic nationalism
|Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones
|University of California Press
|Publication process dates
|18 Mar 2010
|Place of publication
|Web address (URL)
|Accepted author manuscript
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