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Understanding Gender Based Violence
National and international contexts

ISBN 9781138687653
Published April 24, 2016 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

This book aims to bring together the pioneering research on gender based violence that has been conducted by the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. Topics discussed include violence in young people’s relationships, prostitution policy, disabled women’s experiences of domestic violence, men as victims of domestic violence, feminist movements and methodological concerns. This book will have a wide appeal, as each individual chapter builds on and contributes to existing global and national concerns about gender based violence.

The book starts with an exploration of key theoretical, conceptual and methodological issues in researching gender based violence, then moves on to look at specific national (UK) based empirical studies. The final section brings together a wide range of research from diverse contexts, ranging from China, Iran, India and refugee camps in Rwanda.

The book will be an invaluable resource for researchers, students and practitioners who have an interest in this area, as well as for policymakers around the world. It will also be of interest to the general reader who wants to learn more about what is now a highly topical issue.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction: Definitions and debates on Gender Based Violence  1. Key Issues: Researching Gender Based Violence, Nadia Aghtaie & Geetanjali Gangoli  2. Theorising male power and violence against women: revisiting Millett's Sexual Politics, Marianne Hester  Part 2: Researching Gender Based Violence: Methodological Challenges  Introduction  3. Concepts, Contexts and Consequences: Methodological insights into researching young people’s experiences of IPV, Christine Barter  4. Developing Rapport: The Ethics of ‘Reciprocity’, Karen Morgan  5. Developing survey measures of attitudes to domestic violence amongst young people in India, LynnMarie Sardinha & Eldin Fahmy  Part 3: Researching Gender Based Violence in the UK  Introduction 6. Feminist Activism in Movement: UK activism against VAW, Finn Mackay  7. Views and Experiences: Young Men, Masculinity and Gendered Interpersonal Violence, Melanie McCarry  8. Gender, power and the translation of English prostitution policy, Natasha Mulvihill  9. Double Jeopardy: Disabled women’s experiences of domestic violence, Ravi K. Thiara & Gill Hague  10. Heterosexual men as victims of domestic violence and abuse: Prevalence, Help-seeking, and challenges to feminist theoretical frameworks, Emma Williamson  Part 4: Researching Gender Based Violence in International Contexts  Introduction  11. Men as women’s guardians: domestic violence in Iran, Nadia Aghtaie  12. Strategic co-option’? Indian feminists, the State and legal activism on domestic violence, Geetanjali Gangoli & Martin Rew  13. Abuse Along the Margins: Gender Based Violence During Displacement, Natasha Price  14. Domestic Violence in China: A Focus on A Health Impact, Qihua Ye.

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Nadia Aghtaie is a lecturer in gender based violence at the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. She is currently working on a European comparative study on violence in young people’s intimate relationships. Prior to this she has conducted a number of other research projects, such as comparative research on gender-based violence in Iran and the UK, Criminal and Civil Codes of Iran in relation to domestic violence and rape.

Geetanjali Gangoli is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. She has extensive research experience and has published widely on Indian feminist movements; domestic violence, forced marriage and crimes in the name of honour in the UK, and has also worked on gender based violence in China.


‘Activists and academics will find Understanding Gender Based Violence an invaluable and empowering resource, which presents a broad range of expert opinions from relevant specialities and disciplines, while setting gender-based violence in its historical, feminist and social context. This is a must-read for anyone concerned about social change, gender equality and responses to violence throughout the world. It is an impressively theorized collection, which brings fresh insights to dealing with the multifaceted nature of gender based violence and one that will challenge afresh many traditional assumptions in the "violence against women and girls industry".’ - Dr Aisha K. Gill, Associate Professor in Criminology, University of Roehampton, UK

‘The rich collection of articles in this book provides a kaleidoscopic view of the many dimensions of gender based violence. The essays are based on rigorous research & advance theory.’ - Dr. Veena Poonacha, Director, Research Centre for Women's Studies, SNDT Women's University, India