Feminist philosopher Sara Ruddick has coined the term 'maternal thinking' to describe the kind of praxis that arises from caring labor, a human activity that transcends gender but has come to be associated with femininity and motherhood due to particular historical developments. See Sara Ruddick, Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace (Boston: Beacon Press, 1989); and Sara Ruddick, 'The Rationality of Care', in Jean Bethke Elshtain and Sheila Tobias (eds), Women, Militarism, and War: Essays in History, Politics, and Social Theory (Savage, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1990), 229-254.
Youth in Transition: The Arts and Cultural Resonance in Postconflict Northern Uganda (pp. 179-196)
Lindsay McClain Opiyo and Tricia Redeker Hepner
Three decades ago, art therapist and scholar Harriet Wadeson (1980, 3) stated, “Life, Meaning, Creativity, Art. In the largest sense, they are all one.” In a different yet contemporaneous vein, sociocultural anthropologists began ethnographically documenting and theorizing, through diverse cross-cultural case studies, that “there is nothing innate in human nature that constitutes a barrier to perpetual peace, except willful ignorance” (Montagu 1994, xii; see also Howell and Willis 1989; Sponsel and Gregor 1994). In yet a third and related development, anthropologists interested in human rights and social justice linked elements of an emergent anthropology of peace with longstanding disciplinary interests…