Radicalizing Her: Why Women Choose Violence

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Product Details

Price
$24.95  $22.95
Publisher
Beacon Press
Publish Date
April 13, 2021
Pages
152
Dimensions
5.6 X 8.5 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780807013557

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About the Author

Nimmi Gowrinathan's writing on the female fighter has been featured in publications as varied as Vice, Harper's Magazine, Foreign Policy, Freeman's Journal, Guernica Magazine, and The New York Times, among others. She is the Publisher of Adi Magazine, a literary magazine aiming to rehumanize policy, and creator of the Female Fighters Series at Guernica Magazine. She is Professor and the Director of the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative at the City College of New York. Follow her work at deviarchy.com and on Twitter (nimmideviarchy).

Reviews

"A captivating, essential perspective on a neglected conversation."
--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Radicalizing Her stands out for its clear-eyed exploration of a little understood human terrain. Talking with former female fighters, and writing in an intimate, often poetic style, Gowrinathan examines the relationship between women, power, and violence in a bracing, sometimes wrenching narrative. This is a book born out of a great degree of personal commitment, and the author deserves high praise for her persistence."
--Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara

"Dr. Gowrinathan has spent two decades with women militants--and this brilliant, lyrical book is both a meditative engagement with the aftershocks of state violence and an explosive exercise in telling deeply uncomfortable truths about the gendered lens of our social outlook. This is the kind of book that will unravel your understanding of the world. Reading Gowrinathan is a rare treat: when she narrates a story, she is as gripping and lyrical as Arundhati Roy--when she presents her philosophical takeaways on violence, she is precise and incisive, the Hannah Arendt of our times."
--Meena Kandasamy, author of When I Hit You

"Nimmi Gowrinathan has a political imagination like no other. It is playful, yet profound; it is compelling, yet unimposing; it is unafraid of complexity, yet always pushing us toward clarity. With its agile prose and completely innovative form, this book gripped me from beginning to end, forever changing the way I understand how women emerge from layers of oppression and systematic state violence--and teach themselves how to fight back."
--Valeria Luiselli, author of Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions