High-Risk Feminism in Colombia: Women's Mobilization in Violent Contexts (Paperback)

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High-Risk Feminism in Colombia: Women's Mobilization in Violent Contexts (Paperback)


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High-Risk Feminism in Colombia documents the experiences of grassroots women’s organizations that united to demand gender justice during and in the aftermath of Colombia’s armed conflict. In doing so, it illustrates a little-studied phenomenon: women whose experiences with violence catalyze them to mobilize and resist as feminists, even in the face of grave danger. Despite a well-established tradition of studying women in war, we tend to focus on their roles as mothers or carers, as peacemakers, or sometimes as revolutionaries. This book explains the gendered underpinnings of why women engage in feminist mobilization, even when this takes place in a ‘domain of losses’ that exposes them to high levels of risk. It follows four women’s organizations who break with traditional gender norms and defy armed groups’ social and territorial control, exposing them to retributive punishment. It provides rich evidence to document how women are able to surmount the barriers to mobilization when they frame their actions in terms of resistance, rather than fear.

JULIA MARGARET ZULVER is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Oxford in the UK and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Product Details ISBN: 9781978827097
ISBN-10: 1978827091
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: May 13th, 2022
Pages: 194
Language: English
"High Risk Feminism in Colombia updates all our frameworks to explain why women mobilize for gender justice in the face of explicit threats making them targets for violence. In Colombia—but with relevance to Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sudan and many other contexts—Zulver shows how feminist identities and frames have evolved well beyond the strategic essentialism of motherhood, empowering current generations to protest."
— Jacqui True

"High Risk Feminism in Colombia is a much-needed contribution to our understanding of why, how, and when women engage in gender justice struggles (feminisms), even in contexts where such visible participation puts them at high risk. This is truly an engaged project and a rigorous academic effort to bring to life the agency of women struggling for gender justice in violent contexts where their lives are threatened."
— María Emma Wills Obregón

"Using the idea of ‘high risk feminism’ allows Julia Zulver to unpack the multiple risks faced by women activists and the strategies and reasonings they deploy to defend their rights as women. Considering the ongoing gendered violence and dispossession in Colombia and Latin America, understanding and supporting feminist activism is more important than ever."
— Jelke Boesten

"This fascinating and imperative volume examines feminist mobilization and collective resistance catalyzed by danger, loss and risk in Colombia." 
— Ms. Magazine

"Zulver offers a compellingly theorized and empirically profound insight into Colombian women’s civil society mobilization. High-Risk Feminism in Colombia is an essential read for scholars of gender and armed conflict, as well as those interested in civilian agency during war."

— Anne-Kathrin Kreft