1st Edition

Gender Violence in Poverty Contexts The educational challenge

Edited By Jenny Parkes Copyright 2015
    216 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is concerned with understanding the complex ways in which gender violence and poverty impact on young people’s lives, and the potential for education to challenge violence.

    Although there has been a recent expansion of research on gender violence and schooling, the field of research that brings together thinking on gender violence, poverty and education is in its infancy. This book sets out to establish this new field by offering innovative research insights into the nature of violence affecting children and young people; the sources of violence, including the relationship with poverty and inequality; the effects of violence on young subjectivities; and the educational challenge of how to counter violence.

    Authors address three interrelated aims in their chapters:

    • to identify theoretical and methodological framings for understanding the relationship between gender, violence, poverty and education
    • to demonstrate how young people living in varying contexts of poverty in the Global South learn about, engage in, respond to and resist gender violence
    • to investigate how institutions, including schools, families, communities, governments, international and non-governmental organisations and the media constrain or expand possibilities to challenge gender violence in the Global South.

    Describing a range of innovative research projects, the chapters display what scholarly work can offer to help meet the educational challenge, and to find ways to help young people and those around them to understand, resist and rupture the many faces of violence.

    Gender Violence in Poverty Contexts will appeal to an international audience of postgraduate students, academics and researchers in the fields of international and comparative education, gender and women’s studies, teacher education, poverty, development and conflict studies, African and Asian studies and related disciplines. It will also be of interest to professionals in NGOs and other organisations, and policy makers, keen to develop research-informed practice.

    Part 1: Theory and Diagnostics  Introduction Jenny Parkes.  Hope and History: Education engagements with poverty, inequality and gender violence Jenny Parkes and Elaine Unterhalter.  Researching Gender Violence in Schools in Poverty Contexts: Conceptual and methodological challenges Fiona Leach  Part 2: Experiencing Violence in the School and Home  Gender Violence in the Home and Childhoods in Vietnam Kirrily Pells, Emma Wilson and Nguyen Thi Thu Hang.  Children’s Perceptions of Punishment in Schools in Andhra Pradesh, India Virginia Morrow and Renu Singh.  Corporal Punishment, Capabilities and Well-being: Tanzanian primary school teachers’ perspectives Sharon Tao  Part 3: Negotiating Gender Violence  'You don’t want to die. You want to reach your goals’: Alternative voices among young Black men in urban South Africa Ariane De Lannoy and Sharlene Swartz.  Young Men and Structural, Symbolic and Everyday Violence in Peru Ana Maria Buller.  Sexuality, Sexual Norms and Schooling: Choice-coercion dilemmas Jo Heslop, Jenny Parkes, Francisco Januario, Susan Sabaa, Samwel Oando and Tim Hess  Part 4: Policy and Interventions  From Actors to Assets: Reassessing the integration of girls in anti-gang initiatives in Rio de Janeiro Polly Wilding.  Violent Lives and Peaceful Schools: NGO constructions of modern childhood and the role of the state Karen Wells.  Gender Equity as Policy in South Africa: Privileging the voices of women and girls through participatory visual methods Relebohile Moletsane Claudia Mitchell and Thandi Lewin.  Conclusion: Emerging themes for the field of gender, violence, poverty and education Jenny Parkes


    Jenny Parkes is a Reader in Education at the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL Institute of Education), UK.