A gendered analysis of the experiences of Ugandan women war survivors

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    This book is a major contribution to a gendered understanding of the effects of sexual violence and torture on Ugandan women during and following the civil war years in Luwero District. Whilst a feminist analysis is central, it also explores a novel conceptualisation of trauma based on extensive interviews with women and men war survivors. It provides a critical analysis of war survivors’ experiences of war and the effects of these on social, cultural and economic capital. It argues that the forms of violence perpetrated can be interpreted as attempted genocide and addresses the devastating effects of violence on women’s physical and psychological health. It offers a challenging assessment of how women reconstructed their identities as well as policy implications. This thought-provoking book will be of interest to academics, researchers and clinicians in gender studies, sociology, psychology, African studies, social sciences, health and health policy, law, human rights and clinical psychology. It will also be of interest to international non-government and development organizations as well as policy makers. 50% of the royalties from the book sales will be sent by the author to the war survivors she worked with during this research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationGermany
    PublisherVDM Verlag
    ISBN (Print)978-3-639-20280-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Bibliographical note

    This is a published copy of a PhD thesis. Please note Helen Liebling was previously known as Helen Liebling-Kalifani. See also publisher's website: http://www.vdmpublishinggroup.com/


    • Uganda
    • women war survivors
    • torture
    • sexual violence


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