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The Pitfalls of Protection

Gender, Violence, and Power in Afghanistan

Torunn Wimpelmann (Author)

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Paperback, 204 pages
ISBN: 9780520293199
May 2017
$29.95, £24.95
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Since the 2001 overthrow of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, violence against women has emerged as the single most important issue for Afghan gender politics. The Politics of Protection, based on research conducted in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2015, locates the struggles over gender violence in local and global power configurations. The author finds that aid flows and geopolitics have served as both opportunities and obstacles to feminist politics in Afghanistan. Showing why Afghan activists often chose to use the leverage of Western powers instead of entering into either protracted negotiations with powerful national actors or broad political mobilization, the book examines both the achievements and the limits of this strategy. 
Torunn Wimpelmann is a researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute.

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