The new edition of Key Concepts in Gender Studies is a lively and engaging introduction to this dynamic field. Thoroughly revised throughout, the second edition benefits from the addition of nine new concepts including Gender Social Movements, Intersectionality and Mainstreaming. Each of the entries: • begins with a concise definition • outlines the history of each term and the debates surrounding it • includes illustrations of how the concept has been applied within the field • offers examples which allow a critical re-evaluation of the concept • is cross-referenced with the other key concepts • ends with guidance on further reading. A must-buy for undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of social science and humanities disciplines.



The issue of what types of behaviour get defined as violent is both a complex and politically significant one. The validity of definitions of violence, in both cultural and legal terms, reflects the power some social groupings have to make their perspective count as to what is, or is not, ‘violence’. Violence may be narrowly defined, as in the legal sense of it being the unlawful use of physical force by an individual against others. A broader approach defines violence as behaviour which harms others, either physically or emotionally. One example of this broader conceptualisation is the idea of a ‘continuum of violence’ (Kelly and Radford 1998) within which a range of harmful behaviour is included, from physical acts of murder and rape to ...

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