Enloe Notes - N imos War, Emmas War: Making Feminist Sense...

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Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War Preface: o Paying attention to any woman’s life can make us smarter about war and about militarism Ch. 1: Eight Women, One War o Warfare does not stop the politics of gender (marriage, femininities, racial, ethnic) o War started march 2003 o Lessons from war: o 1. Every war takes place—is waged, is coped with, is assessed— at a particular moment in ongoing gendered histories, national gendered histories, and international gendered histories o 2. Wars have distinct gendered phases (politics at beginning not the same as politics at the end, same goes for sexuality, marriage, property, parenting) o war occurs within a gendered frame, not a blanks slate o eschew- to steer clear of, avoid completely o sanguine- confidently optimistic and cheerful Ch. 2: Nimo (Beauty Parlor) o Initially optimistic, but looting occurred as Iraqi police dissolved and Americans refused to intervene o Beauty salon as a political space o Greater freedom and confidence in political analysis o Researchers unconsciously choose masculine biased spaces o Marriage is politicized, war is a new phase in that ongoing politicization o Baath Party- secular nationalists came to power 1968. Sought to put into practice their vision of modernization of the Iraqi economyh as a primary bastion against British Imperial domination. o Women to work for Iraqi state, not as entrepreneurs
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o Iran-Iraq war drained Iran’s economy. Hussein (Baath) responded by: o 1. Recruited rural Baathist men as political allies o 2. Cut back public welfare and health system o 3. Reversed Iraqi women progression, calling on maternal careers over paid work o 1991 sanctions had gendered impacts o More respectable for a woman to work for the state than in the private sector o American economic reconstruction plan: privatization reduces the number of respectable places a woman can work
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Enloe Notes - N imos War, Emmas War: Making Feminist Sense...

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