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Care and silence in women’s everyday peacebuilding in Myanmar
Department of Political Science, Umeå University, Umeå, (SWE).
Department of Political Science, Umeå University, Umeå, (SWE).
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy. (Gender, Peace & Security)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9535-3276
2021 (English)In: Conflict, Security and Development, ISSN 1467-8802, E-ISSN 1478-1174, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 223-244Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article draws on feminist perspectives on the everyday to explore women’s everyday experiences of peace in Kayah state in Myanmar. We locate the daily practices women engage in to maintain life and minimise violence, making visible women’s contributions to everyday peace. In addition, we examine the ways in which women are disproportionally affected by war and prevented from benefitting from post-war changes. Our findings demonstrate that practices of care and silence are key avenues for women’s everyday peacebuilding, through which women sustain peace, ensure survival, and minimise violence in their families and wider communities. At the same time, however, these practices are conditioned by and may contribute to gendered insecurity and marginalisation for women. Through this focus, our analysis shows how women’s positioning in gendered relations of power may both enable their agency in peacebuilding and reinforce their gendered inequality and marginalisation in the post-war period. We conclude that while everyday peace practices may hold the potential for positive change, these can also contribute to the reproduction of inequality, oppression and structural violence.

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2021. Vol. 21, no 3, p. 223-244
Keywords [en]
everyday peace, women, gendered peace gaps, peacebuilding, care: silence, Myanmar
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Gender Studies Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-9946DOI: 10.1080/14678802.2021.1933031ISI: 000657198500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-9946DiVA, id: diva2:1559682
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Swedish Research Council, 2015-01756Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M16-0297:1 and P19-1494:1Available from: 2021-06-02 Created: 2021-06-02 Last updated: 2021-11-11Bibliographically approved

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