Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, And Silence In Rwanda by Jennie E. BurnetGenocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, And Silence In Rwanda by Jennie E. Burnet

Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, And Silence In Rwanda

byJennie E. Burnet

Paperback | November 19, 2012

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In the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, Rwandan women faced the impossible—resurrecting their lives amidst unthinkable devastation. Haunted by memories of lost loved ones and of their own experiences of violence, women rebuilt their lives from “less than nothing.” Neither passive victims nor innate peacemakers, they traversed dangerous emotional and political terrain to emerge as leaders in Rwanda today. This clear and engaging ethnography of survival tackles three interrelated phenomena—memory, silence, and justice—and probes the contradictory roles women played in postgenocide reconciliation.
    Based on more than a decade of intensive fieldwork, Genocide Lives in Us provides a unique grassroots perspective on a postconflict society. Anthropologist Jennie E. Burnet relates with sensitivity the heart-wrenching survival stories of ordinary Rwandan women and uncovers political and historical themes in their personal narratives. She shows that women’s leading role in Rwanda’s renaissance resulted from several factors: the dire postgenocide situation that forced women into new roles; advocacy by the Rwandan women’s movement; and the inclusion of women in the postgenocide government.

Honorable Mention, Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize, Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association

Jennie E. Burnet is associate professor of global studies and anthropology at Georgia State University. Her research focuses on women’s roles in peace-building and democratization and on the long-term consequences of gender-based violence in conflict.
Title:Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, And Silence In RwandaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:November 19, 2012Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299286444

ISBN - 13:9780299286446


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations



List of Abbreviations

Note on Kinyarwanda Usage and Spelling


Part I: Social Classification, State Power, and Violence

1 Social Classifications, State Power, and Violence

Part II: Memory, Silence, and Contestation

2 Remembering Genocide: Lived Memory and National Mourning

3 Amplified Silence: Hegemony, Memory, and Silence's Multiple Meanings

4 Sorting and Suffering: Social Classification in the Aftermath of Genocide

Part III: Reconciliations

5 Defining Coexistence and Reconciliation in the New Rwanda

6 Paths to Reconciliation

7 Reconciliation, Justice, and Amplified Silence

Conclusion: Genocide Lives in All of Us



Works Cited


Editorial Reviews

“Burnet presents a thoroughly intersectional analysis of the ways in which peoples’ lives are shaped by gender, ethnicity and class as interlocking systems of oppression.”—Women’s Review of Books