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Gender Violence : A Cultural Perspective - Sally Engle Merry

Gender Violence

A Cultural Perspective


Published: 5th December 2008
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Taking an anthropological perspective, this comprehensive book offers a highly readable and concise overview of what constitutes gender violence, its social context, and important directions in intervention and reform. <ul> <li>Uses stories, personal accounts, case studies and a global perspective to provide a vivid and engaging portrait of forms of violence in gendered relationships <li>Extensively covers many forms of gender violence including domestic violence, rape, murder, wartime sexual assault, prison and police violence, female genital cutting, dowry murders, female infanticide, &#8220;honor&#8221; killings, and sex trafficking <li>Examines major approaches to diminishing gender violence such as criminalization, batterer retraining programs, and human rights interventions <li>Highlights the role of social movements in defining the problem and mobilizing reforms in the US and internationally </ul>

This acute analysis raises a troubling paradox: neither the growingawareness of gender violence, nor the activism directed toward ithave lessened its incidence. If anything can make a difference, however, this book will.
-Jean Comaroff, University of Chicago

Gender Violence skillfully charts a tempered course through someof the most charged and globally relevant issues today. Sally Merrydraws on her extensive and long-term research both to provide aprimer for neophytes in how to think about gender violence and asophisticated analysis of the structural conditions that unevenlydistribute those subject to it. With critical care, she adheres tothe complex and ambiguous social, personal, and politicalpredicaments that foster its occlusion while addressing howactivism has shaped the changing terms in which it is made visible, confronted, and understood.
-Ann Laura Stoler, The New School

Preface vi

1 Introduction 1

2 Gender Violence and Social Movements 25

3 Punishment, Safety, and Reform: Interventions in Domestic Violence 48

4 Gender Violence as a Human Rights Violation 77

5 Poverty, Racism, and Migration 102

6 Violent "Cultural" Practices in the Family 127

7 Women and Armed Confl ict 156

8 Conclusions 179

References 187

Index 207

ISBN: 9780631223597
ISBN-10: 0631223592
Series: Blackwell Introduction to Engaged Anthropology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 5th December 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.02  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1