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Gender and War : Australians at War in the Twentieth Century - Joy Damousi

Gender and War

Australians at War in the Twentieth Century

By: Joy Damousi (Editor), Marilyn Lake (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th June 1995
ISBN: 9780521457101
Number Of Pages: 362

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War has been a key part of the Australian experience and central to many national mythologies. Yet more than most activities, war polarises femininity and masculinity. This exciting collection of essays explores the inter-relationship of gender and war in Australia for the first time. Traditional images of Australians during wartime show the 'digger' making history in battle, while women play a supportive role as nurses, or wives and mothers on the home front. Yet as this book shows, war offers opportunities that erode gender boundaries. Women may be empowered economically, politically and sexually, while the trauma of war can leave men emasculated. First published in 1995, Gender and War focuses on women's and men's experiences in WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War. This interdisciplinary collection addresses a wide range of subjects, and promises to change the way we think about women, men and war in the twentieth century.

Introduction: warfare, history and gender
Heroines and heroes: sexual mythology in Australia 1914-1918
Day mothers and night sisters: World War I nurses and sexuality
Female desires: the meaning of World War II
Lesbians and loose women: female sexuality and the women's services during World War II
Consuming passions: romance and consumerism during World War II
Remembering romance: memory, gender and World War II
A crisis of masculinity? Australian military manhood in the Great War
The gendered battlefield: sex and death in Gallipoli
The gendered figuring of the dysfunctional serviceman in the discourses of military psychiatry
In a cloud of lust: black GIs and sex in World War II
Return home: war, masculinity and repatriation
Comrades-in-arms: World War II and male homosexuality in Australia
A bit of the other: touring Vietnam
'All the passion of our womanhood': Margaret Thorp and the Battle of the Brisbane School of Arts
Socialist women and gendered space: anti-conscription and anti-war campaigns 1914-1918
Feminists, food and the fair price: the cost-of-living demonstrations in Melbourne, August-September 1917
'Shut up, you bourgeois bitch': sexual identity and political action in the anti-Vietnam war movement
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ISBN: 9780521457101
ISBN-10: 0521457106
Series: Studies in Australian History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 362
Published: 24th June 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.53