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.
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
–Jean Comaroff, University of Chicago
Gender Violence skillfully charts a tempered course through some of the most charged and globally relevant issues today. Sally Merry draws on her extensive and long–term research both to provide a primer for neophytes in how to think about gender violence and a sophisticated analysis of the structural conditions that unevenly distribute those subject to it. With critical care, she adheres to the complex and ambiguous social, personal, and political predicaments that foster its occlusion while addressing how activism has shaped the changing terms in which it is made visible, confronted, and understood.
–Ann Laura Stoler, The New School