Gender Violence. A Cultural Perspective. Wiley Blackwell Introduction to Engaged Anthropology Series

  • ID: 2247860
  • Book
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This concise introduction defines gender violence in social and cultural terms. Through personal accounts and ethnographic case studies, Sally Engle Merry provides a vivid portrait of many forms of violence in gendered relationships. Domestic violence, rape, murder, wartime sexual assault, prison and police violence, murder, female genital cutting, female infanticide, honor killings, and trafficking are all analyzed extensively. Merry examines major social movements and other efforts to diminish gender violence such as criminalization, batterer retraining programs, and human rights interventions.

Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective challenges readers to confront gender violence as a social problem deeply embedded in inequalities of class, race, and nation as well as gender. It offers a highly readable and clear overview of what constitutes gender violence, its social context, and its history as a public issue. It is invaluable as a guide to this complex and important social problem.

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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

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