|WR1003 War and Reconstuction in the Balkans|
Week 7 Gender, Nationalism and War
8. Women in Armed GroupsOnly small minority of armed groups were women. They were strongly discouraged from front line service and channelled into administrative and medical back up roles.
They included Serb, Croat and Bosnian Muslim women.
Some women returned from abroad to fight.
Korac also points out that women who participate in national chauvinism get sense of empowerment even though they have secondary role.
Lilly & Irvine say that Croatian press gave very little coverage to women fighters - Serb press gave a lot.
Batinic says that Croatian women’s groups divided into those who believed that the interests of Croatian women overlapped with the interests of their new nation-state, and another that still clearly opposed nationalism and Croatian politics. Former branch identified themselves as a part of 'victimized Croatia.' They also drew an analogy between 'woman as victim' and 'nation as victim'.
1. Introduction / 2. Context / 3. Chronology / 4. Women as Symbols / 5. Women as Reproducers / 6. Women as Keepers of the Home / 7. Limited Autonomy / 8. Women in Armed Groups / 9. Women Civilians / 10. Women's Bodies as Territory / 11. Militarization of Society / 12. Reading
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