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- DescriptionFollowing the 1971 Bangladesh War, the Bangladesh government publicly designated the thousands of women raped by the Pakistani military and their local collaborators as birangonas, ( brave women ). Nayanika Mookherjee demonstrates that while this celebration of birangonas as heroes keeps them in the public memory, they exist in the public consciousness as what Mookherjee calls a spectral wound. Dominant representations of birangonas as dehumanized victims with disheveled hair, a vacant look, and rejected by their communities create this wound, the effects of which flatten the diversity of their experiences through which birangonas have lived with the violence of wartime rape. In critically examining the pervasiveness of the birangona construction, Mookherjee opens the possibility for a more politico-ecomic, ethical, and nuanced inquiry into the sexuality of war.
- Author BiographyNayanika Mookherjee is Reader in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at Durham University. Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University.
- Author(s)Nayanika Mookherjee
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication27/10/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note42 illustrations
- Weight613 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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