Women, violence and nonviolent resistance in east Timor

Mason, Christine (2005) Women, violence and nonviolent resistance in east Timor. Journal of Peace Research, 42 6: 737-749. doi:10.1177/0022343305057890

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Author Mason, Christine
Title Women, violence and nonviolent resistance in east Timor
Journal name Journal of Peace Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3433
Publication date 2005-11
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1177/0022343305057890
Volume 42
Issue 6
Start page 737
End page 749
Total pages 13
Editor Nils Petter Gleditsch
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
1606 Political Science
Abstract A growing literature in peace and conflict studies assesses the relationship between women and nonviolence. Numerous national liberation fronts and academic critiques assess how women participate in nonviolent resistance from Tibet and West Papua to Palestine and Eritrea. However, many liberation struggles that include female nonviolent resistance remain undocumented, and this article aims to delve into one case study in particular. The article examines the nonviolent roles adopted by women in the East Timorese liberation struggle, a national liberation movement in which the participation of female combatants was low but nonviolent participation by women in the resistance movement overall was high. However, the consequences for such women was, and remains, shaped by the overarching patriarchal structures of both the Indonesian occupiers and East Timorese society itself Female nonviolent resistance was met with highly violent responses from Indonesian troops, especially in the form of rape and sexual exploitation. Yet, this study also found that women acting under religious auspices faced less violent responses overall. Interviews with East Timorese women are used to reveal some of the sexual dynamics of nonviolent action and reprisal. This material is placed in the context of theoretical work on gender, violence and nonviolence.
Keyword International relations
Political science
Sharp gene
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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