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Introduction: Through the Eyes of the Displaced

in Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780226001999
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226002019 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226002019.003.0001
Introduction: Through the Eyes of the Displaced

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This book begins and ends in medias res, in an unstable present poised between a violent past and an unknowable future. It looks back to women's lost homes from the vantage point of their traumatic sundering and forward toward their prospects as they themselves envision them. It also discusses the interweaving of culture and politics in ordinary life and interrogates discourses on Arabism and Africanism in a nation that perceives itself as a link between Africans and Arabs. It begins with what is happening in the foreground of the Sudanese political scene and explores how the many pasts of southern women in the northern capital figure in the present. The chapters in this book demonstrate the tenacity and resilience of women who have managed to reconstitute their lives through selective adaptations and strategic decisions. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: culture; politics; Arabism; Africanism; Sudanese political scene; southern women

Chapter.  7539 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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