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Gender and Conflict

Shoma A. Chatterji (Author)
Synopsis Conflict’ is a two-edged word with razor-sharp edges that cuts both ways. Add ‘gender’ to it and you have a veritable atom bomb ticking away, ready to explode. In this book, conflict is defined to mean the striving of different people or groups towards goals that are difficult to reconcile. Conflict linked to gender in this context is an evolving term and its manifestations and textualities keep changing from place to place and from one group of women to another, from one political and historical context to another. It covers a broad spectrum of people, issues, questions and incidents, beginning from the birth of the girl-child within a patriarchal society till the day she dies. Though ‘gender’ attaches itself to both sexes, over time, it has exclusively been used in association with the female of the human species. Exclusion, discrimination and marginalization based on ethnicity, gender, caste, class, religion and geographic location underpin different kinds of conflicts, resulting in unequal access to resources, opportunities, justice, citizenship, basic needs and rights to women across the world. Widespread access to weapons restricts women’s freedom of movement, access to education and other development resources. There is an increase in psycho-social stress with the narrowing of traditional and social spaces woman occupy. The book has raised more questions than tried to answer them. One conflict branches our to more conflicts, raising more questions, problems, debates and discussions. An astounding 24,000 women were deployed in the Gulf on Operation Desert Storm out of a formidable total of 415,000 American troops. The US law dictates that women members of the armed forces should not be allowed to engage in offensive action against the enemy and should be trained only for defence, on a ‘gender-neutral’ basis without, however, defining what this ‘gender neutral’ basis is supposed to mean.
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About the author

Shoma A. Chatterji

Shoma A. Chatterji, based in Calcutta since 1995, is a noted author, freelance journalist and film critic writing for over 20 years. Her areas of specialization are cinema, gender, television, personalities, children human rights, literature and relationships. She conducts workshops on writing, journalism, and film appreciation in Mumbai and Kolkata several times a year. She won a commendation for her 'Outstanding Contribution to women's Issues' from the Eve's Weekly Woman Journalist Award in 1988; the National Award for Best Film Critic of the years in 1991; the Best Film Critic Award from the Bengal Film Journalists' Association i 1998 and National Award for the Best Book on cinema in 2003 for the book Parama and other outsiders-the Cinema of Aparna Sen. She is a postgraduate in Economics, Education and also holds a postgraduate diploma in Journalism from Mumbai's Somaiya Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has presented papers at national and international seminars on cinema and gender and has been on the international jury at several international film festivals across Europe. She is a founder member of FIPRESCI-India, an international organisation of film critics based in Munich. She has authored four books on gender, four film biographies, two film analyses, three collections of short fiction in English and one collection of cinema articles in Bengali.

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Title Gender and Conflict
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8174765522
length l+233p., Notes; Index; 22cm.