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Shattering Silence


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PrefaceCh. 1Opening the Space of Interpretation3Ch. 2Catholic West Belfast: A Sense of Place24Ch. 3Gender Trouble and the Transformation of Consciousness54Ch. 4The Ritual Politics of Historical Legitimacy80Ch. 5The Gendered Politics of Suffering: Women of the RAC105Ch. 6The Power of Sexual Difference: Armagh Women122Ch. 7En-Gendering a Nation146Afterword170Notes177References185Index201

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Begona Aretxaga provides a forceful voice in ongoing debates, presenting ethnographically and historiographically the gendering of violence that has accompanied the civil war in Northern Ireland... There is an integrity and passion in Aretxaga's analysis. -- Joan Vincent, Barnard College

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Begona Aretxaga is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University.


"An important book. Through clearly-written, thoroughly-grounded, and conscientious ethnography, Aretxaga urges readers away from the pat caricature of a brutal and male-dominated Northern Ireland, and toward an informed understanding of the complexity and poignancy of the lives and history of its subjects."--Das Historisch-Politische Buch

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