Afghanistan Remembers: Gendered Narrations of Violence and Culinary Practices
by Parin Dossa
University of Toronto Press, 2014
Although an extensive academic literature exists on the subject of violence, little attention has been given to the ways in which it becomes entrenched and normalized in the inner recesses of everyday life. In Afghanistan Remembers, Parin Dossa examines how violence is remembered by Afghan women through memories and food practices in their homeland and its diaspora. Her work reveals how the suffering and trauma of violence has been rendered socially invisible following decades of life in a war-zone.
Dossa argues that it is necessary to acknowledge the impact of violence on the familial lives of Afghan women along with their attempts at re-building their lives under difficult circumstances. Informed by Dossa’s own story of family migration and loss, Afghanistan Remembers is a poignant ethnographic account of the trauma of war in Afghanistan and its diaspora that calls on the reader to recognize and bear witness to the impact of deeper forms of violence.
Parin Dossa is a professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.
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