Synopses & Reviews
Challenging Global Gender Violence provides a qualitative and comparative analysis of women's experiences of violence, healing, and action across cultures. Gender violence is the most pervasive human rights violation affecting women and children across both the developed and developing world. While the specific cultural contexts and acts of violence vary, the feelings that women express about their experiences of abuse are strikingly similar. So are the images, colors, and words they use to express those feelings. Hearts - bruised, broken, and torn; black and red; NO! and No Más! are frequently found on shirts contributed to the Global Clothesline Project. While providing a theoretical analysis of trauma, Susan D. Rose grounds the discussion in the lived experiences and stories of women across cultures. Featuring women's stories, artwork, and voices as they speak about their experiences of violence and healing, this brief volume examines the relationship between gender inequality and gender violence, the health impacts of gender violence, and strategies being used to reduce violence against women.
About the Author
Susan Rose (Ph.D. Cornell 1984) is Charles A. Dana Professor and Chair of Sociology and Director of the Community Studies Center at Dickinson College. She is author of Keeping Them Out of Satan: Evangelical Schooling in America (1988), and co-author of Exporting the American Gospel: Global Christian Fundamentalism (1996). She has published some 40 articles on gender, violence, trauma and memory; the interactions among religion, political economy, and social policy, including sex education; and (im)migration. She has produced multi-lingual documentary films on the Global Clothesline Project, the Lipan Apache and the Carlisle Indian Boarding School (the award-winning Lost Ones: Long Journey Home), and (im)migration and community-building in Patagonia (Mosaico Argentina: Destino Patagonia). She has appeared on numerous radio shows, including NPR's 'Best of Our Knowledge' and her work has been translated into five languages. She received the Michael Harrington Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Forum on Poverty and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (2003) and the Distinguished Teaching Award from Dickinson College (2001). She is currently a Fulbright Specialist Scholar.
Table of Contents
PART I: GENDER VIOLENCE ACROSS CULTURES
1. The Problem
PART II: TELLING LIVES: EXPERIENCES AND EXPRESSIONS OF VIOLENCE AND HEALING
2. Black Heart
4. Difficult Decisions: Staying, Leaving
5. Trauma Narratives: Breaking the Silence of Childhood Sexual Abuse
PART III: GENDER IN/EQUALITY: REACHING TOWARD ENDING GENDER VIOLENCE
6. Abuse is Not Traditional
7. Facing the Challenges: Creating and Sustaining Healthy Relationships and Societies