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Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective

Merry, Sally Engle

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ISBN 10: 0631223584 / ISBN 13: 9780631223580
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2008
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Title: Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Taking an anthropological perspective, this comprehensive bookoffers a highly readable and concise overview of what constitutesgender violence, its social context, and important directions inintervention and reform.

  • Uses stories, personal accounts, case studies and a globalperspective to provide a vivid and engaging portrait of forms ofviolence in gendered relationships
  • Extensively covers many forms of gender violence includingdomestic violence, rape, murder, wartime sexual assault, prison andpolice violence, female genital cutting, dowry murders, femaleinfanticide, “honor” killings, and sex trafficking
  • Examines major approaches to diminishing gender violence suchas criminalization, batterer retraining programs, and human rightsinterventions
  • Highlights the role of social movements in defining the problemand mobilizing reforms in the US and internationally

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This concise introduction defines gender violence in social andcultural terms. Through personal accounts and ethnographic casestudies, Sally Engle Merry provides a vivid portrait of many formsof 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. Merryexamines major social movements and other efforts to diminishgender violence such as criminalization, batterer retrainingprograms, and human rights interventions.

Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective challengesreaders to confront gender violence as a social problem deeplyembedded in inequalities of class, race, and nation as well asgender. It offers a highly readable and clear overview of whatconstitutes gender violence, its social context, and its history asa public issue. It is invaluable as a guide to this complex andimportant social problem.

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