Publisher description for Gender and war : Australians at war in the twentieth century / edited by Joy Damousi and Marilyn Lake.


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Counter 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. Gender and Warfocuses 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.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: World War, 1914-1918 Australia, World War, 1939-1945 Australia, Australia History, Military, Sex role, Women Australia History 20th century