Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The making of elite women: Revolution and nation building in Eritrea

The making of elite women: Revolution and nation building in Eritrea, 2004, a book by Tanja R. Müller

صناعة النخبة من النساء: الثورة وبناء الدولة في إريتريا
يحتوي هذا الكتاب دراسة عن النخبة القادمة من النساء في إريتريا، ويشمل ذلك  من الكفاح المسلح من أجل التحرير وتداعياتها، وصولا إلى الذكرى السنوية العاشرة لاستقلال إريتريا في عام ٢٠٠١ وما بعده ويركز على الجبهة الشعبية

This book contains a thorough study of the upcoming of elite women in Eritrea, encompassing the time of the armed struggle for liberation and its aftermath, up to the tenth anniversary of Eritrean independence in 2001 and beyond. The study is multidisciplinary, combining a comprehensive analysis of Eritrean history, society and political developments with extensive case study research of the lives of different groups of elite women. Modernisation processes created by the Eritrean revolution, fostered an environment in which women are regarded as equal and are encouraged to occupy positions of leadership. At the same time, the revolution’s hegemonic ideology does not envisage women opting out of its version of modernity, thus new avenues open up only for those subscribing to the revolution’s narrative of progress. Furthermore, it is argued that while the Eritrean revolution played a decisive role in opening up possibilities for women’s emancipation, a failure to implement democratic structures of governance puts the revolution’s societal achievements at risk – its legacy might well rest with possibilities of personal liberation in individual lives.

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