Journal article

DID YOU KNOW MY FATHER? The Zone of Unspeakability as Postcolonial Legacy

Ana Dragojlovic

Australian Feminist Studies | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2011


Through a detailed ethnographic account of an Indisch woman born in the former Dutch East Indies but living in the contemporary Netherlands, this paper explores the convoluted relationships between trauma caused by war, sexual violence, gender normativity and family relationships. It examines how traumatic knowledge about biological kin becomes a point of reconfiguration of the self, present social relations and the wider world. Following up on scholarship that stresses the importance of engaging with everyday manifestations of trauma caused by past violence, in order to understand the multifaceted expressions of social suffering (Das and Kleinman 1997, 2001), this paper explores how subject..

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