Review of Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses Public Deposited

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  • McQuillin, Anna
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
  • In her first book, Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses, Hilary Matfess explores the complex and contested role of women within Boko Haram and affected communities. Her research and its conclusions sharply remind readers that women interacting with Boko Haram do not make choices a scholarly distance away from their lived experiences and that they are not merely victims. Matfess contests many security studies and counterterrorism strategies by problematizing their proponents’ neglect and/or patronizing of women. The three levels at which she explores women in relation to Boko Haram are the specific experiences of women residing in areas of northeastern Nigeria where Boko Haram is present, the fluidity and complexity of women’s agency and their victimization by state and insurgent forces, and the importance of women’s inclusion in security and counterterrorism studies.
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  • Global Africana Review
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  • 2
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  • 49
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  • 51
  • English
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