The Political Economy of Conflict and Violence against Women

Cases from the South

Edited by Kumudini Samuel, Claire Slatter and Vagisha Gunasekara for DAWN


A radical new collection addressing violence against women in conflict zones across the global South.

The Political Economy of Conflict and Violence against Women shows how political, economic, social and ideological processes intersect to shape conflict related gender-based violence against women. Through feminist interrogations of the politics of economies, struggles for political power and the gender order, this collection reveals how sexual orders and regimes are linked to spaces of production. Crucially it argues that these spaces are themselves firmly anchored in overlapping patriarchies which are sustained and reproduced during and after war through violence that is physical as well as structural.  

Through an analysis of legal regimes and structures of social arrangements, this book frames militarization as a political economic dynamic, developing a radical critique of liberal peace building and peace making that does not challenge patriarchy, or modes of production and accumulation.

Author Bio

Kumudini Samuel is an Executive Committee member of DAWN, engaged in its cross-cutting work and concentrating on the domain of political restructuring and social transformation. She lives and works in Sri Lanka and is a co-founder and currently Director, Programmes and Research at the Women and Media Collective. She has a Masters in Women’s Studies from the University of Colombo and has written and worked on gender and politics, conflict and transitions, women’s movements, and sexuality.

Claire Slatter is a founding member and current Board Chair of DAWN. A Fijian national, she has an MA in Political Studies from the Australian National University and a PhD in Public Policy from Massey University and taught politics at the University of the South Pacific for 23 years. She has written, engaged in advocacy and done consulting work on issues of regional concern including neoliberal reforms, trade liberalisation, democracy and human rights, and gender and development.

Vagisha Gunasekara is a Sri Lankan researcher, affiliated with the Social Scientists’ Association (SSA), Sri Lanka. She received her PhD in Political Science from Purdue University, USA. She takes primarily a political economy approach in studying particular entanglements of gender and conflict in rapidly changing situations in the South Asia region.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Framing a South Feminist Analysis of War, Conflict and Violence Against Women: the value of a political economy lens - Kumudini Samuel and Vagisha Gunasekara      
  • 1: The construction of the ‘responsible woman’: Structural Violence in Sri Lanka’s Post-War Development Strategy - Vagisha Gunasekara and Vijay K. Nagaraj     
  • 2: Ending Violence Against Women in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands Region: The role of the State, Local Civil Society and Extractive Industries - Elizabeth Cox             
  • Box 6.1 Lessons from the Bougainville experience - Michelle Kopi           
  • 3: Rural Women in Colombia: From Victims to Actors - Cecilia López Montaño And María-Claudia Holstine          
  • 4: Political Economy of Violence Against Women Case Studies: Egypt, Iraq and Syria - Doaa Abdelaal
  • 5: Contesting Territoriality: patriarchy, accumulation and dis-possession. “Entrenched Peripherality”: Women, political economy and the myth of peacebuilding in North East India - Roshmi Goswami           
  • 6: Re-imagining Subversion: Agency and women’s peace activism in Northern Uganda - Yaliwe Clarke and Constance O’Brien
  • 7: The Prism of Marginalisation: Political Economy of Violence Against Women in Sudan and South Sudan - Fahima Hashim


Publication Date: 15 August 2019
288 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781786996107
Hardback: 9781786996114
eBook ePub: 9781786996138
eBook PDF: 9781786996121
eBook Kindle: 9781786996145

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