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This cutting-edge volume advances theories, methodologies and policy analyses relating to various forms of violence against women. Topics covered include: the nature, importance and variety of cultural contexts in which violence occurs, is reproduced and may be challenged or changed; the nature and variety of sexualized violence; and a range of theoretical perspectives on perpetrators of violence. Taking an interdisciplinary focus on issues that affect community and state responses, the book includes individual accounts, and incorporates themes related to authority, sexual proprietariness, asymmetry of violence, socialization, patterns and deviations of victims and offenders, and social and cultural contexts.

Violence against Women in Societies under Stress
Violence against women in societies under stress

When the United Nations Conference on Women met in Beijing in September 1995, the issue of violence against women formed a key part of the discussions. The growing importance and recognition of violence as an issue at the international level were the result of almost two decades of organizing by women's groups in various parts of the world. As a result of these campaigns and discussions, the knowledge on the various forms of abuse to which women have been subjected has steadily increased. Despite this increase, there are still relatively few documented studies on violence against women in societies under stress. Most studies point to the universality of this violence, but they ...

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