Number of Downlaods: 14
Published Date: Apr 1, 2002
Violence and the Centrality of Home:Women’s experience of insecurity in the Karachi conflict (W-73)
Saba Gul Khattak
This paper privileges women’s view of security and looks at the centrality of home both to women’s lives and to conflict situations. We argue that home is the site of individual and collective identities and, as such, a primary but unacknowledged target during conflict. The home thus becomes a source of security and insecurity in its structural and associational contexts. Drawing upon Mohajir women’s experiences and perceptions in the Karachi conflict context, this paper argues for alternative ways of conceptualizing security based upon women’s multiple and conflicting realities. It makes a case for displacing the security connected with home (a microcosm for the state) to a new politics that neither denigrates nor glorifies the home and in so doing produces conditions that transform human lives.