Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda (Paperback)
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Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 30/10/2012
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In the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, Rwandan women faced the impossible-resurrecting their lives amidst unthinkable devastation. Haunted by memories of lost loved ones and of their own experiences of violence, women rebuilt their lives from "less than nothing." Neither passive victims nor innate peacemakers, they traversed dangerous emotional and political terrain to emerge as leaders in Rwanda today. This clear and engaging ethnography of survival tackles three interrelated phenomena-memory, silence, and justice-and probes the contradictory roles women played in postgenocide reconciliation.

Based on more than a decade of intensive fieldwork, Genocide Lives in Us provides a unique grassroots perspective on a postconflict society. Anthropologist Jennie E. Burnet relates with sensitivity the heart-wrenching survival stories of ordinary Rwandan women and uncovers political and historical themes in their personal narratives. She shows that women's leading role in Rwanda's renaissance resulted from several factors: the dire postgenocide situation that forced women into new roles; advocacy by the Rwandan women's movement; and the inclusion of women in the postgenocide government.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299286446
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"A profoundly empathetic and comprehensive narrative that goes to the bottom of Rwandans' everyday struggles triggered by a contextual and inevitable urge to face their own violent past."--Aloys Habimana, Rwandan human rights lawyer


"The stories of life in postgenocide Rwanda presented in this book are deeply touching and challenge the dominant discourse that portrays Rwanda as a simple story of successful postconflict rebuilding. This book is essential reading for anyone with interest in Rwanda and in the legacies of violence, gender, society, memory, and transitional justice."--Timothy Longman, Boston University


"Burnet presents a thoroughly intersectional analysis of the ways in which peoples' lives are shaped by gender, ethnicity and class as interlocking systems of oppression."--Women's Review of Books

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