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Feminist geopolitics, everyday death, and the emotional geographies of Dang Thuy Tram

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Women's everyday experiences in war remain occluded; moreover, the bodily impacts of war remain hidden, masked by masculinist accounts of warfare that too often glorify heroic male combatants. In this article, we contribute, first, to the ongoing project to understand violence in everyday life and, second, to the understanding, specifically, of women's experiences in warfare. We do so through a reading of the diaries of Dang Thuy Tram, a female Vietnamese doctor who lived and died in the Vietnam War. By drawing on feminist geopolitics, coupled with the insights from emotional geographies – and specifically, those of love – we focus on two main themes: the emotional transformation of death and life, and the care of life amidst pervasive death. We conclude that an emotionally grounded feminist geopolitics is necessary to challenge masculinist accounts that normalize, naturalize, and glorify war.
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Keywords: Vietnam; emotional geographies; experiencia de las mujeres de la guerra; feminist geopolitics; geografías emocionales; geopolíticas feministas; violence; violencia; women's experience of war

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Geography, Kent State University, Kent, 44242,OH, USA

Publication date: February 7, 2015

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