Between maternalism and feminism: Women in Nicaragua’s counter-revolutionary forces

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To date very little scholarship has focused on the experiences of women who fought or collaborated with Nicaragua's counter-revolutionary forces (known as the Contra) in the 1980s. Based on qualitative research conducted in Waslala, this paper examines the circumstances which led a group of women to become positioned as Contra supporters. It then explores how these women constructed their gender identities in the light of their collaboration with the Contra. It argues that despite their participation in a right-wing political organisation and despite their tendency to draw upon understandings of themselves as mothers, widows and victims of war, these women should not be seen as inherently conservative and reactionary, given that they have also been inspired by forms of political organisation that are indicative of an emergent feminist identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83
Number of pages103
JournalBulletin of latin american research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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