Conflict, Gender, Violence (Studien Verlag)

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Based on studies presented at the 6th Interdisciplinary Conference on Conflict, Gender, and Violence in Vienna, this volume contributes to the field of interdisciplinary gender research and provides useful information for those working on sexual harassment and other issues. The broad-based collaboration of contributors reflects an equally wide range of theoretical underpinnings and methodological choices with a three-fold goal: first, to provide unique opportunities to network across disciplines and redirect established ways of thinking; second, to examine the "added value" of work generated within European cultural contexts and disseminate it to an international audience; and finally, to stimulate innovative thinking and serve as a springboard for joint creative projects that benefit from cross-national or interdisciplinary research.

Sixteen scholars present the latest research on gender based abuse, its interpersonal, social and cultural dimensions, and promising intervention and prevention strategies in Conflict, Gender, Violence. Essays include discussions of: "The Austrian Protection from Violence Act"; Women's Politics in Austria"; Recent Legal Changes in Romania to Protect Women Against Domestic Violence"; Women Victims of Domestic Violence: Consequences for Their Health and the Role of the Health System"; Violence Against Women/Violence Against Men: Comparisons, Differences, Controversies"; Childcare, Violence, and Fathering: Are Violent Fathers who Look After Their Children Likely to Be Less Abusive"; and other relevant issues.

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This broad-based collaboration reflects a promising multidisciplinary approach to the intersections of gender, conflict, violence, and culture. Current knowledge on violent behavior shows how difficult it is to identify its cultural and physiological origins. Many explanations for violent behavior refer to individual crimes or current conflict situations. To find answers and explanations in a global context is one of the challenging tasks for our society. For this, it may be necessary to step back from the premises of any particular discipline and take a wider view that opens up fruitful, cross-disciplinary debate. The contributions to this volume do exactly this and provide a much-needed, wide-angled view of the field

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The opening of European borders at the end of the Cold War and the spread of market economies across Europe have contributed to the growth of research infrastructure, albeit in disrupted and uneven ways. Formal European integration, economic liberalization, the internet, and the use of English as primary lingua franca have facilitated the development of research networks, summer schools, and international conferences but the available infrastructure still differs greatly across Europe. This is particularly clear for research fields that are not well supported by business and related interests, and who continue to struggle with unreliable power supplies, unaffordable paper and internet access costs, administrative hurdles, and in general the high costs of conducting research and attending conferences.

The bulk of internationally visible research on gender and violence comes from regions that have enjoyed relative wealth and political stability, and have been operating in the English-speaking sphere for some time. For example, virtually all prevalence surveys in Europe have been conducted in prosperous Western European countries that are not currently undergoing drastic political change. In contrast, research produced in other languages or regions still remains largely invisible.

It is difficult to assess the resulting loss of knowledge to the international community. There is increasing recognition that effective work to end gendered violence needs to be grounded locally, and that research on gender and violence becomes more sophisticated when it is informed by local practice (see Hagemann-White and Lenz, this volume). From this perspective, keeping local experience and research invisible is detrimental to the international community, while making such work more visible would benefit both research and social change.

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