The Political Economy of Violence against Women

TitleThe Political Economy of Violence against Women
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsTrue, Jacqui
PublisherOxford University Press
Abstract

This book addresses a major problem in all countries, affecting women in every socioeconomic group and at every life stage. Nowhere in the world do women share equal social and economic rights with men or the same access as men to productive resources. Economic globalization and development are creating new challenges for women's rights, as well as some new opportunities for advancing women's economic independence and gender equality. Yet, when women have access to productive resources and they enjoy social and economic rights, they are less vulnerable to violence across all societies. This book develops a feminist political economy approach to identify the linkages between different forms of violence against women and macrostructural processes in strategic local and global sites—from the household to the transnational level. In doing so, it seeks to account for the globally increasing scale and brutality of violence against women. These sites include economic restructuring and men's reaction to the loss of secure employment, the abusive exploitation associated with the transnational migration of women workers, the growth of a sex trade around the creation of free trade zones, the spike in violence against women in financial liberalization and crises, the scourge of sexual violence in armed conflict, postcrisis reconstruction efforts, and the deleterious gendered impacts of natural disasters. Examples are drawn from South Africa, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China, Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, the Pacific Islands, Argentina, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Iceland. 

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