'Living in a Movie’ — Israeli Women Combatants in Conflict Zones

Citation:

Tekoah, Shir Daphna, and Ayelet Harel-Shalev. 2014. “‘Living in a Movie’ — Israeli Women Combatants in Conflict Zones.” Women’s Studies International Forum 44 (May): 26–34. doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2014.03.002.

 

Authors: Shir Daphna Tekoah, Ayelet Harel-Shalev

Abstract:

This study utilizes two different qualitative analysis techniques to explore the experiences of women who served as combatants or in combat support roles in conflict zones. By using data analysis techniques such as the “listening guide” and content theme analysis, the study uncovers the experiences that this specific group undergoes, while exposing their dilemmas and thoughts. This research investigates how military service in conflict zones impacts the psychological, physical, and emotional wellbeing of female combatants. Twenty female Israeli veterans between the ages of 21 and 30 who served in the Israeli Defense Forces in the Occupied Territories (the West Bank and Gaza) were interviewed for this study. The findings suggest that although the combatants actively served by choice in high-status positions, they applied a dissociation mechanism in order to survive the traumatic and complex reality of their service. This study offers a unique, multilayered analysis of these women combatants' voices.

Topics: Combatants, Female Combatants, Gender, Women, Health, Mental Health, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militaries Regions: MENA, Asia, Middle East Countries: Israel, Palestine / Occupied Palestinian Territories

Year: 2014

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