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Violence in the City of Women: Police and Batteries in Bahia

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Brazil's innovative all-female police stations, installed as part of the return to civilian rule in the 1980s, mark the country's first effort to police domestic violence against women. Sarah J. Hautzinger's vividly detailed, accessibly written study explores this phenomenon as a window onto the shifting relationship between violence and gendered power struggles in the city of Salvador da Bahia. Hautzinger brings together distinct voices—unexpectedly macho policewomen, the battered women they are charged with defending, indomitable Bahian women who disdain female victims, and men who grapple with changing pressures related to masculinity and honor. What emerges is a view of Brazil's policing experiment as a pioneering, and potentially radical, response to demands of the women's movement to build feminism into the state in a society fundamentally shaped by gender.

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Brazil's innovative all-female police stations, installed as part of the return to civilian rule in the 1980s, mark the country's first effort to police domestic violence against women. Sarah J. Hautzinger's vividly detailed, accessibly written study explores this phenomenon as a window onto the shifting relationship between violence and gendered power struggles in the city of Salvador da Bahia. Hautzinger brings together distinct voices--unexpectedly macho policewomen, the battered women they are charged with defending, indomitable Bahian women who disdain female victims, and men who grapple with changing pressures related to masculinity and honor. What emerges is a view of Brazil's policing experiment as a pioneering, and potentially radical, response to demands of the women's movement to build feminism into the state in a society fundamentally shaped by gender.

About the Author

Sarah J. Hautzinger is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Colorado College.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Prologue

Maps

Introduction: Violence in Salvador da Bahia, City of Women

1. Womanly Webs: In-Laws and Violence

2. When Cocks Cant Crow: Masculinity and Violence

3. Paths to a Womens Police Station

4. Policing by and for Women

5. Reluctant Champions: Policewomen or Women Police?

Conclusion and Epilogue

Notes

Glossary of Portuguese Terms

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520252776
Subtitle:
Police and Batterers in Bahia, Brazil
Author:
Hautzinger, Sarah J.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Women - Brazil - Bahia (State)
Subject:
Policewomen - Brazil - Bahia (State)
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070917
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 b/w photographs, 1 line illustration,
Pages:
364
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 18 oz

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Latin America » Brazil
History and Social Science » Sociology » Violence in Society
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » South America

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"Synopsis" by , Brazil's innovative all-female police stations, installed as part of the return to civilian rule in the 1980s, mark the country's first effort to police domestic violence against women. Sarah J. Hautzinger's vividly detailed, accessibly written study explores this phenomenon as a window onto the shifting relationship between violence and gendered power struggles in the city of Salvador da Bahia. Hautzinger brings together distinct voices--unexpectedly macho policewomen, the battered women they are charged with defending, indomitable Bahian women who disdain female victims, and men who grapple with changing pressures related to masculinity and honor. What emerges is a view of Brazil's policing experiment as a pioneering, and potentially radical, response to demands of the women's movement to build feminism into the state in a society fundamentally shaped by gender.
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