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War as an Embodied and Emotional Experience: Stories of Internally Displaced Women from Abhazia (2020-2021)


Publication: 10.58367/NECY.PM.H.2022.2
Field of study: Sociology

This chapter focuses on the experiences of war and forced displacement in the stories of women internally displaced within Georgia, as a result of the armed conflict at the beginning of 1990s in Abkhazia. Based on the ethnographic research and life-story interviews with internally displaced women, this analysis seeks to understand how the IDPs have experienced the violent event, as well as its aftermath. Being consistent with scholars who reject the mind-body dichotomy and acknowledge embodied subjectivities of individuals affected by wars, this chapter argues that dramatic turning points in the lives of individuals affected
by armed conflicts are experienced through emotions and feelings, as well as through bodies and bodily sensations reciprocally and in relation to each other

Keywords: forced displacement, armed conflict, embodied experiences, emotions, affects, war, gendered experiences, bodies

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