War represents transition in its most violent and bewildering form. Yet the destructive capacity of war derives not from physical violence alone but also from the deep injuries to people’s sense of themselves and their sense of identity as a member of a community. In war, both the physical and the moral underpinnings of society are brought into question. In the long term they may be either strengthened or weakened, with consequences for women, men, and gender relations within that society.
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