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Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War

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"Over a long career as a scholar of international relations, Cynthia Enloe has been preoccupied with the query Where are the women? Without asking questions about gender, she warns, we can't get a complete picture of international politics. In Nimo's War, Emma's War, she uses the experiences of four Iraqi and four American women as jumping-off points to examine the price women have paid (and continue to pay) in the Iraq War. Their stories help illustrate how gendered politics change over the course of a war and how this thing we call war itself changes over time." Robin L. Riley, Ms. Magazine (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)

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Nimo, Maha, Safah, Shatha, Emma, Danielle, Kim, Charlene.

In a book that once again blends her distinctive flair for capturing the texture of everyday life with shrewd political insights, Cynthia Enloe looks closely at the lives of eight ordinary women, four Iraqis and four Americans, during the Iraq War. Among others, Enloe profiles a Baghdad beauty parlor owner, a teenage girl who survived a massacre, an elected member of Parliament, the young wife of an Army sergeant, and an African American woman soldier.

Each chapter begins with a close-up look at one woman's experiences and widens into a dazzling examination of the larger canvas of war's gendered dimensions. Bringing to light hidden and unexpected theaters of operation — prostitution, sexual assault, marriage, ethnic politics, sexist economies — these stories are a brilliant entryway into an eye-opening exploration of the actual causes, costs, and long-range consequences of war.

This unique comparison of American and Iraqi women's diverse and complex experiences sheds a powerful light on the different realities that together we call, perhaps too easily, the Iraq war.

Review:

“Stories help illustrate how gendered politics change over the course of a war and how this thing we call war itself changes over time.” Ms. Magazine

Review:

"Nimo's War, Emma's War is unique in examining the gendered dimension of the Iraq war, particularly its impact on ordinary Iraqi and American women, thereby revealing an important long-term cost of the conflict. Cynthia Enloe's approach and analysis are extremely original and innovative." Nadje Al-Ali, author of What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq

Review:

"Nimo's War, Emma's War is Cynthia Enloe's darkest and most strikingly conceived text to date. War is not 'in' Iraq and Afghanistan, where foreign militaries confront local people, rather it is everywhere, most particularly in 'peacetime' domestic spaces, 'civilian' employment, marital bedrooms and high schools." Terrell Carver, author of Politics, Language and Metaphor

Book News Annotation:

An important contribution and counterweight to the majority of writing on the war in Iraq, this volume presents the stories of four Iraqi and four American women who were each deeply affected by the war, situating their stories within a complex frame of surrounding events and circumstances that illuminate each woman's power, stamina, endurance, and importance. Enloe (women's studies, international development, Clark U., Worcester, Mass.) is a powerful and thought-provoking writer, adept at describing the complete story, questioning of received doctrine on powerful institutions, and attuned and eloquent concerning the specific impacts and inequalities that arise due to gender, race, and religion during war and within the military. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"Nimo's War, Emma's War is unique in examining the gendered dimension of the Iraq war, particularly its impact on ordinary Iraqi and American women, thereby revealing an important long-term cost of the conflict. Cynthia Enloe's approach and analysis are extremely original and innovative."and#151;Nadje Al-Ali, author of What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq

"Nimo's War, Emma's War is Cynthia Enloe's darkest and most strikingly conceived text to date. War is not 'in' Iraq and Afghanistan, where foreign militaries confront local people, rather it is everywhere, most particularly in 'peacetime' domestic spaces, 'civilian' employment, marital bedrooms and high schools."and#151;Terrell Carver, author of Politics, Language and Metaphor

"Cynthia Enloe has pioneered the subject of women, militarism, and war in a series of revelatory books, including Bananas, Beaches, and Bases, The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War, and Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives. Nimo's War, Emma's War is her best one yet."and#151;Chalmers Johnson, author of The Blowback Trilogy

"Brilliantly researched, vividly written, Cynthia Enloe has gifted us with a new and different story of modern warfare. Entirely gripping and profoundly humane, every page raises new issues. To factor in Nimo and Emmaand#151;all the women and families touched by the carnage and agony of war, is to see the bitter range of tragedy community by community. To read this book is to ask: What are we doing to our childrenand#151;all our children, combatants and civilians? How do women cope with post-war wounds and violenceand#151;agony, wreckage, displacement? Cynthia Enloe's book is essential reading for all students and journalists, public citizens and peace activists, who seek women's dignity, healthy societies, humane alternatives to the insanity of careless military destruction."and#151;Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of The Declassified Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt (vols I and II, III forthcoming)

About the Author

Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor of Women's Studies and International Development at Clark University. She is the author of Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics, Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives, The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War, and The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire, all from UC Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

1. Eight Women, One War

The Iraqi Women

2. Nimo: Wartime Politics in a Beauty Parlor

3. Maha: A Widow Returns to Baghdad

4. Safah: The Girl from Haditha

5. Shatha: A Legislator in Wartime

The American Women

6. Emma and the Recruiters

7. Danielle: From Basketball Court to Baghdad Rooftop

8. Kim: and#147;Iand#8217;m in a Way Fighting My Own Warand#8221;

9. Charlene: Picking Up the Pieces

10. Conclusion: The Long War

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520260788
Author:
Enloe, Cynthia
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Subject:
Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 b/w photographs
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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"Review A Day" by , "Over a long career as a scholar of international relations, Cynthia Enloe has been preoccupied with the query Where are the women? Without asking questions about gender, she warns, we can't get a complete picture of international politics. In Nimo's War, Emma's War, she uses the experiences of four Iraqi and four American women as jumping-off points to examine the price women have paid (and continue to pay) in the Iraq War. Their stories help illustrate how gendered politics change over the course of a war and how this thing we call war itself changes over time." Robin L. Riley, Ms. Magazine (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
"Review" by , “Stories help illustrate how gendered politics change over the course of a war and how this thing we call war itself changes over time.”
"Review" by , "Nimo's War, Emma's War is unique in examining the gendered dimension of the Iraq war, particularly its impact on ordinary Iraqi and American women, thereby revealing an important long-term cost of the conflict. Cynthia Enloe's approach and analysis are extremely original and innovative."
"Review" by , "Nimo's War, Emma's War is Cynthia Enloe's darkest and most strikingly conceived text to date. War is not 'in' Iraq and Afghanistan, where foreign militaries confront local people, rather it is everywhere, most particularly in 'peacetime' domestic spaces, 'civilian' employment, marital bedrooms and high schools."
"Synopsis" by ,
"Nimo's War, Emma's War is unique in examining the gendered dimension of the Iraq war, particularly its impact on ordinary Iraqi and American women, thereby revealing an important long-term cost of the conflict. Cynthia Enloe's approach and analysis are extremely original and innovative."and#151;Nadje Al-Ali, author of What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq

"Nimo's War, Emma's War is Cynthia Enloe's darkest and most strikingly conceived text to date. War is not 'in' Iraq and Afghanistan, where foreign militaries confront local people, rather it is everywhere, most particularly in 'peacetime' domestic spaces, 'civilian' employment, marital bedrooms and high schools."and#151;Terrell Carver, author of Politics, Language and Metaphor

"Cynthia Enloe has pioneered the subject of women, militarism, and war in a series of revelatory books, including Bananas, Beaches, and Bases, The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War, and Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives. Nimo's War, Emma's War is her best one yet."and#151;Chalmers Johnson, author of The Blowback Trilogy

"Brilliantly researched, vividly written, Cynthia Enloe has gifted us with a new and different story of modern warfare. Entirely gripping and profoundly humane, every page raises new issues. To factor in Nimo and Emmaand#151;all the women and families touched by the carnage and agony of war, is to see the bitter range of tragedy community by community. To read this book is to ask: What are we doing to our childrenand#151;all our children, combatants and civilians? How do women cope with post-war wounds and violenceand#151;agony, wreckage, displacement? Cynthia Enloe's book is essential reading for all students and journalists, public citizens and peace activists, who seek women's dignity, healthy societies, humane alternatives to the insanity of careless military destruction."and#151;Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of The Declassified Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt (vols I and II, III forthcoming)

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