Becoming and Being a Maoist in Nepal People’s War

Dyan Mazurana

February 9, 2010

UMass Boston

Dyan Mazurana explains the ways in which men and women in Nepal become Maoist insurgents, explores what that experience is like. She emphasizes that insurgents have pre-existing identities that need to be transformed and they have to have experiences that have to be militarized. Just as becoming a soldier is not something natural, there are processes through which insurgencies bring in men and women, and those experiences of becoming insurgents are different for men and women, because of gender relations and constructs.

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