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Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan: Politics and the Body in a Squatter Settlement

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Over twenty years of civil war in predominantly Christian Southern Sudan has forced countless people from their homes. Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan examines the lives of women who have forged a new community in a shantytown on the outskirts of Khartoum, the largely Muslim, heavily Arabized capital in the north of the country.

            Sudanese-born anthropologist Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf delivers a rich ethnography of this squatter settlement based on personal interviews with displaced women and careful observation of the various strategies they adopt to reconstruct their lives and livelihoods. Her findings debunk the myth that these settlements are utterly abject, and instead she discovers a dynamic culture where many women play an active role in fighting for peace and social change. Abusharaf also examines the way womens bodies are politicized by their displacement, analyzing issues such as religious conversion, marriage, and female circumcision.

            An urgent dispatch from the ongoing humanitarian crisis in northeastern Africa, Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan will be essential for anyone concerned with the interrelated consequences of war, forced migration, and gender inequality.

About the Author

Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf is associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Social Sciences at Qatar University and a visiting scholar in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction Through the Eyes of the Displaced 

One      Dissent Historicized

Two     Becoming Displaced

Three   Gendered Rituals

Four     Negotiating Peace

Epilogue          “This Is My Country”

Appendix A     Primary Informants

Appendix B      Camps and Shantytowns in Greater Khartoum, Sudan

Appendix C      Profile of Women in Izzbba

Notes

ReferencesIndex

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226002002
Author:
Abusharaf, Rogaia Mu
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Abusharaf, Rogaia Mustafa
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Squatters
Subject:
Squatter settlements - Sudan - Khartoum
Subject:
Squatters - Sudan - Khartoum
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 halftones
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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