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The Space Between Us: Negotiating Gender and National Identities in Conflict Paperback – 1 Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books; 1 edition (1 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185649618X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856496186
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.2 x 21.7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,336,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Cynthia Cockburn, both the activist and the writer, has been important for feminists all over the world for many years now. She is one of the all too rare people who combine a sharp analytical mind, unwavering feminist and anti-militaristic political commitment and a warm and caring heart. They are all reflected in this fascinating book which is based in Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and Bosnia-Hercegovina with activist women's groups working across ethnic and national boundaries.' - Nira Yuval-Davis, University of Greenwich/Australian National University. 'In three gritty, nuanced, feminist-informed case studies, Cynthia Cockburn reveals what sort of political acts it takes to build and sustain - through dangerous days, over wearying weeks - that elusive thing called a 'civil society'. Now, when I recommend that students and friends read Arendt and Havel, I'm going to give them Cockburn too.' - Cynthia Enloe, author of Maneuvers: The international politics of militarizing women's lives. 'Filled with photos, this is another important book from the folks at Zed.' - Feminist Bookstore News 'What is new about Cockburn’s book - which should come with a warning that 'this book changes lives' - is that it aims to challenge prevailing identity processes including those of ethnicity and nationalism.... moving and powerful... the book has many strengths: the excellent summaries of the three conflicts and the women targeted by them, the well teased out discussion of ethnicity, nation(alism) and gender, and Cockburn’s research methodology which is always collaborative, always mindful of the needs of the three projects and the women who make them... A beautiful and necessary book.' - Women's Studies International Forum


Even in places of deadly national conflict, some very ordinary people are routinely doing peace. In this study, Cynthia Cockburn takes us into three war situations to reveal how certain women have quietly chosen to cross the space between their differences with words instead of bullets. In Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and Bosnia/Hercegovina she has been closely involved with three remarkable women's projects that have chosen co-operation. How, she asks, do they fill the dangerous space between them with words instead of bullets? How do they make democracy out of difference? Observing, using first-hand accounts and photographs, how these women's alliances create a safe space in which to work together, we learn more about the dangers of essentialism and the problematic relationship between identity and democracy.

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