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O'Gorman, Eleanor, 1968-
The front line runs through every woman : women & local resistance in the Zimbabwean Liberation War / Eleanor O'Gorman
Alternate Title Women and local resistance in the Zimbabwean Liberation War
Woodbridge : James Currey ; Zimbabwe : Weaver Press ; Rochester, N.Y. : Boydell & Brewer, c2011
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 3rd Floor  DT2990 .O47 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Zimbabwe -- History -- Chimurenga War, 1966-1980 -- Women
Subject(s) Women and war -- Zimbabwe
Rural women -- Zimbabwe -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Peasants -- Zimbabwe -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Guerrilla warfare -- Social aspects -- Zimbabwe -- 20th century
Counterinsurgency -- Social aspects -- Zimbabwe -- 20th century
National liberation movements -- Zimbabwe -- History -- 20th century
Physical Description xv, 192 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Note "Communal Area of Chiweshe, 80 kilometres north of Harare"--P. 7
"Protected villages (PVs)"--p. 91
Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-186) and index
Contents Introduction: Women, War, Voice & Agency -- Situating Women in Revolution: Battlefront Myths & Homefront Lives -- Re-Framing Women's Revolutionary Lives: Women, Gender & Local Resistance -- Setting the Fieldwork Context: Zimbabwe as Arena, Chiweshe as Locale -- Women's Perceptions of Revolutionary Participation: Understandings of Agency & Consciousness -- Living with & within Revolution: Challenges to Unity & Community -- The Front Line Runs Through Every Woman: Resistance & Survival by Women in Revolutionary War -- Conclusion: Women's Agency & Voice in War Reconsidered
Summary "A Zimbabwe-specific study, focusing on the lives of women in a small locale (Chiweshe) during the anti-colonial insurgency, this book is also a challenge to established and still current modes of thought and research orientations which over-simplify the complex realities women face in the full range of violent conflicts, both past and present. By contextualizing the voices of women of Chiweshe, not only is an important and under-developed aspect of Zimbabwean and African history revealed, but a new approach to comprehending the highly-tensioned lives of women in war is presented, which is characterized here as Gendered Localised Resistance. This is examined through the prism of life in the Protected Villages in Chiweshe experienced in everyday social relations, revolutionary roles, and food security. It traces how women forged strategies of survival and resistance in the middle of guerrilla warfare pitted between the forces of the state and the revolutionary resistance movements. The book can be read as a unique and richly detailed account of the lives of women during the Zimbabwe civil war and liberation struggle; as a wider argument about how researchers can approach and incorporate lived experience into accounts of larger dynamics (war/revolution); and as a substantial and important contribution to feminist historiography and writings on women and war."--Publisher's website
Series African issues

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