1st Edition

Confronting Global Gender Justice Women’s Lives, Human Rights

    344 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Confronting Global Gender Justice contains a unique, interdisciplinary collection of essays that address some of the most complex and demanding challenges facing theorists, activists, analysts, and educators engaged in the tasks of defining and researching women’s rights as human rights and fighting to make these rights realities in women’s lives.

    With thematic sections on Complicating Discourses of Victimhood, Interrogating Practices of Representation, Mobilizing Strategies of Engagement, and Crossing Legal Landscapes, this volume offers both specific case studies and more general theoretical interventions. Contributors examine and assess current understandings of gender justice, and offer new paradigms and strategies for dealing with the complexities of gender and human rights as they arise across local and international contexts. In addition, it offers a particularly timely assessment of the effectiveness and limits of international rights instruments, governmental and nongovernmental organization activities, grassroots and customary practices, and narrative and photographic representations.

    This book is a valuable resource for both undergraduate and graduate students in fields such as Gender or Women’s Studies, Human Rights, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology, as well as researchers and professionals working in related areas.

    Introduction: Women's Lives, Human Rights by Debra Bergoffen, Paula Ruth Gilbert, and Tamara Harvey  Part I: Complicating the Discourses of Victimhood  1. Women and the Genocidal Rape of Women: The Gender Dynamics of Gendered War Crimes by Laura Sjoberg  2. Human Trafficking: Why is it Such and Important Women's Issue? by Louise Shelley  3. Transforming the Representable: Asian Women in Anti-Trafficking Discourse by Donna Kay Maeda  4. Sin, Salvation, or Starvation? The Problematic Role of Religious Morality in U.S. Anti-Sex Trafficking Policy by Lucinda Peach  Part II: Interrogating Practices of Representation  5. How Not to Give Rape Political Significance by Louise Du Toit  6. Human Trafficking: A Photographic Essay by Kay Chrenush  7. Marjorie Agosín's Poetics of Memory: Human Rights, Feminism, and Literary Forms by Ricardo F. Vivancos Pérez  8. Digital Storytelling for Gender Justice: Exploring the Challenges of Participation and the Limits of Polyvocality by Amy Hill  Part III: Strategies of Engagement  9. 'Sweet Electrical Greetings': Women, HIV, and the Evolution of an Intervention Project in Papua New Guinea by Holly Wardlow, with Mary Tamia  10. Economic Empowerment of Women as a Global Project: Economic Rights in the Neo-Liberal Era by Nitza Berkovitch and Adriana Kemp  11. Algerian Women in Movement: Three Waves of Feminist Activism by Valentine M. Moghadam  12. Using Law and Education to Make Human Rights Real in Women's Real Lives by Nancy Chi Cantalupo  Part IV: Crossing Legal Landscapes  13. Seduced by Information, Contaminated by Power: Women's Rights as a Global Panopticon by Saida Hodžić  14. Human Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Developing Countries by Amy T. Wilson  15. Gender and Customary Mechanisms of Justice in Uganda by Joanna R. Quinn  16. Policing Bodies and Borders: Women, Prostitution, and the Differential Regulation of U.S. Immigration Policy by Deirdre Moloney  17. The Institutionalization of Domestic Violence Against Women in the United States by Julie Walters  Part V: Confronting Global Gender Justice  18. Configuring Feminisms, Transforming Paradigms: Reflections from Kum-Kum Bhavnani, from an Interview with Kum-Kum Bhavnani by Connie L. McNeely


    Debra Bergoffen is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at George Mason University. Her book The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Gendered Phenomenologies, Erotic Generosities (1997), and her most recent articles, including "Exploiting the Dignity of the Vulnerable Body," evidence her ongoing concern with feminist theory, women’s rights and human rights.

    Paula Ruth Gilbert is Professor of French, Canadian, and Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. Her research covers: nineteenth-century French Studies; Quebec Studies; violence and gender and violent women; narrative, gender, and human rights. Her most recent book is Violence and the Female Imagination (2006).

    Tamara Harvey is Associate Professor of English at George Mason University. She is author of Figuring Modesty in Feminist Discourse Across the Americas, 1633-1700 (2008), and co-editor with Greg O’Brien of George Washington’s South (2003). Her research focuses on women and early America, with an emphasis on hemispheric studies.

    Connie L. McNeely received the Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University and is currently on the faculty of the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Her books have included Constructing the Nation-State (1995) and the edited volume Public Rights, Public Rules (1998). Her current research and most recent publications address various aspects of culture, politics, social theory, and inequality.