Title Genocide Lives In Us: Women, Memory, And Silence In Rwanda.
Book Condition Softcover. Brand new book.
Edition Women in Africa and the Diaspora Studies.
Publisher The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Milwaukee and London: .
Seller ID 78980X1
In the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, Rwandan women faced the impossible—resurrecting their lives amidst unthinkable devastation. Haunted by memories of lost loved ones and of their own experiences of violence, women slowly rebuilt their lives and traversed dangerous emotional and political terrain to emerge as leaders in Rwanda today. This clear and engaging ethnography of survival tackles three interrelated phenomena—memory, silence, and justice—and probes the contradictory roles women played in postgenocide reconciliation. Based on over a decade of intensive fieldwork, Genocide Lives in Us provides a unique grassroots perspective on a postconflict society. Anthropologist Jennie E. Burnet relates ordinary Rwandan women's heart-wrenching stories of survival with sensitivity and uncovers political and historical themes in their personal narratives. Allowing the silenced voices of ordinary women to be heard, Burnet sheds light on women's incredible resilience. She concludes that women's leading role in Rwanda's renaissance emerged from the dire post-genocide situation that forced women into new roles, from advocacy by the Rwandan women's movement, and from the inclusion of women in the postgenocide government. Jennie E. Burnet is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Louisville. Her research focuses on women's roles in peace-building and democratization and on the long-term consequences of gender-based violence in conflict. "A profoundly empathetic and comprehensive narrative that goes to the bottom of Rwandans' everyday struggles triggered by a contextual and inevitable urge to face their own violent past." —Aloys Habimana, Rwandan human rights lawyer
(Key Words: African Studies, Jennie E. Burnet, Rwanda, Genocide, Women's Studies, Anthropology, Human Rights, Women's Studies).