Women and Change in Cyprus: Feminisms and Gender in Conflict

Maria Hadjipavlou
I.B. Tauris Publishers, London, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-84511-934-8, 288 pp.
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Tina Wallace
International Gender Studies Centre, Oxford

Women and Change in Cyprus is an academic exploration of gender and feminism and their relevance in understanding the conflict in Cyprus, and it is a book about activism and the power of reflexive action research. The intention is not just to undertake research and deepen knowledge, but to conduct and present research in such a way as to start or support positive processes of change. The book is focused on Cyprus and written by a Greek Cypriot woman who teaches feminist and gender studies at the University of Cyprus, but its value and relevance extend far beyond that island. It speaks to gender work, conflict studies, conflict resolution, and peace-building in many countries and illustrates very clearly how women's perspectives and experiences are written out of contexts where conflict has led to stereotyped, male, and hegemonic versions of reality where there is little space for women's struggles.

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