CFP: Gendered Violence in Family/Emotional Relationships
Call for Papers by Genesis, the journal of the Italian Association of Women Historians
Gendered Violence in Family/Emotional Relationships
As much research has demonstrated, violence against women within the patriarchal family has historically been exercised by male heads-of-household to control female sexuality in order to guarantee the paternity of their children and has been based on asymmetry of power between the sexes. Therefore, the family is the primary place where violence against women first gained legitimacy (as it still does) and received a cloak of legality that justifies repeated abuse in later periods of their lives.
In the next issue of Genesis, we wish to explore domestic violence, or what might be better labeled violence among individuals with family or emotional ties, over a long chronological span as well as across cultures. Our purpose is to understand how women reacted and defended themselves in the past (and react and defend themselves now) to the most hateful of the six “faces of inequality” (to use the words of Amartya Sen in Many Faces of Gender Inequality) that characterize all cultures and geographical areas. It must also be recognized that women are affected differently by domestic violence depending on how their “female gender” intersects with their ethnicity, culture, class or with the pure happenstance of the place in which they were born and live or to which they were forced to emigrate.
A few suggested themes, which can be addressed for any historical period, would be:
--How do changes in economic, political, or cultural context over time or across geographical boundaries affect types of violence and encourage new sensibilities toward perceptions of domestic violence?
--After migration to a new country, does the incident of domestic violence remain the same or instead change and take on new characteristics?
--How does the delegation of power by the male head of household to certain female relatives (for example in extended families) influence relations among women (for example between mother-in-laws and daughter-in-laws, between older and younger sister-in-laws, etc.)?
--What are the reactions/defenses of women? For example, does solidarity really exist within female groups of family or friends?
--How do domestic violence shelters get established, develop, and form networks?
--How have women used the courts to get justice and how do they lobby (today) to get more favorable legislation?
Proposals (in English or Italian) should be sent by April 30, 2010 to the editors of this issue:
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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