Peacebuilding with Women in Ukraine

Peacebuilding with Women in Ukraine : Using Narrative to Envision a Common Future

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Peacebuilding with Women in Ukraine: Using Narrative to Envision a Common Future, by Maureen P. Flaherty, explores the process and outcome of a participatory action study that invited women from two diverse areas of a divided Ukraine to share previously untold personal stories and visions for themselves, their families, and Ukraine. The study itself provides a model for emancipatory social action while the women's stories introduce the reader to the history and building of a country that has most often had its history written for it. This text is an essential telling of lost histories of women in the Ukraine.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0739174045
  • 9780739174043

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Study Context: Ukraine Chapter 2. Gender, Empowerment and Social Change: Women Hold Up Half the Sky Chapter 3. Finding Our Voices: Narrating Our Lives Chapter 4. Telling Stories, Sharing Visions Chapter 5. Uncovering Stories beneath the Snow: January/February 2011 Chapter 6. Return to Ukraine: July 2010 Chapter 7. Reviewing the Process: What Has This Got to Do with Peacebuilding? Chapter 8. Peacebuilding Informed by Women's Work in Ukraine
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Review quote

This is a significant work that relates the process of creating peace in the midst of difficult international and political tensions. Scholars and activists concerned with social action, social justice, and women's issues on a global scale will find in this work not only an engaging story, but also a model that can shape future projects aimed at building bridges across great divides. This is a model study of emancipatory change that provides important insight into not only the challenges of such work, but also the possibilities for nurturing hope and real social change toward human liberation and justice. -- Peggy Chinn, University of Connecticut Flaherty's research and paradigm study of Ukraine's women, with their hopes and aspirations for peace building and civil society, reveal a most creative force for change in contemporary Ukraine. -- Roman Yereniuk, University of Manitoba This book opens the door into the life stories of Ukrainian women from two different regions, whose gripping and colorful narratives weave a rich tapestry of adaptation, resiliency, and humor that sustained them during war, communism, perestroika, and the transition to independence. Using methodologies that allow for deep and trustful story-sharing, Dr.Flaherty draws gendered insights into the peacebuilding resources found in these women's commitments to their family, communities, and forging of a new civic identity. -- Janie Leatherman, Fairfield University
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About Maureen Flaherty

Maureen P. Flaherty is assistant professor in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) at the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, University of Manitoba, Canada.
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