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Nimo's War, Emma's War

Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War

Cynthia Enloe (Author)

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Paperback, 336 pages
ISBN: 9780520260788
June 2010
$34.95, £27.00
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Nimo, Maha, Safah, Shatha, Emma, Danielle, Kim, Charlene. In a book that once again blends her distinctive flair for capturing the texture of everyday life with shrewd political insights, Cynthia Enloe looks closely at the lives of eight ordinary women, four Iraqis and four Americans, during the Iraq War. Among others, Enloe profiles a Baghdad beauty parlor owner, a teenage girl who survived a massacre, an elected member of Parliament, the young wife of an Army sergeant, and an African American woman soldier. Each chapter begins with a close-up look at one woman’s experiences and widens into a dazzling examination of the larger canvas of war’s gendered dimensions. Bringing to light hidden and unexpected theaters of operation—prostitution, sexual assault, marriage, ethnic politics, sexist economies—these stories are a brilliant entryway into an eye-opening exploration of the actual causes, costs, and long-range consequences of war. This unique comparison of American and Iraqi women’s diverse and complex experiences sheds a powerful light on the different realities that together we call, perhaps too easily, “the Iraq war.”
List of Illustrations

1. Eight Women, One War

The Iraqi Women

2. Nimo: Wartime Politics in a Beauty Parlor
3. Maha: A Widow Returns to Baghdad
4. Safah: The Girl from Haditha
5. Shatha: A Legislator in Wartime

The American Women

6. Emma and the Recruiters
7. Danielle: From Basketball Court to Baghdad Rooftop
8. Kim: “I’m in a Way Fighting My Own War”
9. Charlene: Picking Up the Pieces
10. Conclusion: The Long War

Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor of Women's Studies and International Development at Clark University. She is the author of Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics, Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives, The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War, and The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire, all from UC Press.
Cynthia Enloe won the Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement in Peace Studies Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA).
“Stories help illustrate how gendered politics change over the course of a war and how this thing we call war itself changes over time.”—Ms. Magazine
“Balancing excellent research and conceptual precision, Enloe’s new work is a great addition to her oeuvre on women, militarism and consumer culture in international perspective.”—Carrie Rentschler Times Higher Education
"A powerful testimony that goes beyond stories of survivors and victims to develop a humanist and gendered interpretation of conflict that is shocking, troubling, and beyond justification."—Madawai Al-Rasheed American Anthropologist
“Statistically rich, and academically vital, this book offers a fresh look at how the Iraq war has changed through phases of occupation and what that means for the women on both sides.”—Elevate Difference
“Enloe’s well-researched work provides countless examples of the untallied costs of war revealed only when ‘serious attention’ is directed at women’s lives. She explores the ramifications of loss of homes and businesses, and civil rights, personal security, and mental health problems. . . . Enloe effectively portrays the grim consequences of the war in Iraq for both Iraqi and American women.”—Publishers Weekly
“Clearly this book functions as a corrective by shedding light on the unacknowledged stories of women who find themselves in the way of war, and of the price women pay.”—Lynne Hanley Women's Review Of Books
"Nimo's War, Emma's War is unique in examining the gendered dimension of the Iraq war, particularly its impact on ordinary Iraqi and American women, thereby revealing an important long-term cost of the conflict. Cynthia Enloe's approach and analysis are extremely original and innovative."—Nadje Al-Ali, author of What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq

"Nimo's War, Emma's War is Cynthia Enloe's darkest and most strikingly conceived text to date. War is not 'in' Iraq and Afghanistan, where foreign militaries confront local people, rather it is everywhere, most particularly in 'peacetime' domestic spaces, 'civilian' employment, marital bedrooms and high schools."—Terrell Carver, author of Politics, Language and Metaphor

"Cynthia Enloe has pioneered the subject of women, militarism, and war in a series of revelatory books, including Bananas, Beaches, and Bases, The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War, and Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives. Nimo's War, Emma's War is her best one yet."—Chalmers Johnson, author of The Blowback Trilogy

"Brilliantly researched, vividly written, Cynthia Enloe has gifted us with a new and different story of modern warfare. Entirely gripping and profoundly humane, every page raises new issues. To factor in Nimo and Emma—all the women and families touched by the carnage and agony of war, is to see the bitter range of tragedy community by community. To read this book is to ask: What are we doing to our children—all our children, combatants and civilians? How do women cope with post-war wounds and violence—agony, wreckage, displacement? Cynthia Enloe's book is essential reading for all students and journalists, public citizens and peace activists, who seek women's dignity, healthy societies, humane alternatives to the insanity of careless military destruction."—Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of The Declassified Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt (vols I & II, III forthcoming)

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