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Constructing the male warrior and the homefront heroine<sup>1</sup>

Carrie Hamilton

in Women and ETA

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780719075452
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700754 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719075452.003.0005
Constructing the male warrior and the homefront heroine1

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This chapter investigates the militarisation of radical nationalism during the 1970s in order to understand women's roles in Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA). It suggests that the process of militarisation brought with it an intensification of gender divisions, in particular between male armed activists and female supporters, whose roles tended to be associated with collaboration and defending the ‘homefront’. The chapter contends that the political importance of women as mothers lay in their relationship to their sons and their support for the radical nationalist cause, including ETA violence.

Keywords: militarisation; radical nationalism; ETA; gender divisions; male armed activists; women; mothers

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