Forsaken Females: The Global Brutalization of Women / Edition 1

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Women around the world routinely suffer from beatings, rape, torture and murder. These are not the practices of a few demented individuals, but are often institutionalized, culturally-sanctioned behaviors. Millions of women live in a constant state of isolation, terror and fear; for most, escape is nearly impossible due to economic, social, or cultural restrictions. Forsaken Females describes the many types of global brutalization that occur against women: including feticide, infanticide, female genital mutilation, sexual slavery, honor killing, acid attacks, trafficking, dowry death, rape, and intimate partner violence. The violence is varied in both method and practice and is often supported by patriarchal ideologies or policies that maintain the social conditions and cultural framework that accept women's brutalization. Forsaken Females also addresses the physical, emotional and economic impact of the violence. The discussion is structured around the experiences of women who describe their personal victimization. Each chapter concludes with examples of promising policies and practices developed to address and reduce violence perpetrated against women.

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Editorial Reviews

...This book deserves an audience throughout the English-speaking world. Highly recommended.
Eunice Rodriguez
Violence against women is recognized as a public health problem; however, this area of research has produced results that are difficult to integrate either conceptually or empirically.Forsaken Females: The Global Brutalization of Women certainly makes a worthwhile contribution to the current understanding of the subject. [The book] presents the topic in a very powerful way, while maintaining rigorous academic standards.
...This book deserves an audience throughout the English-speaking world. Highly recommended.
Robert Heasley
This is the most comprehensive work on the topic I have seen. The book makes a profound contribution to not only understanding the topic, but to comprehending the breadth and and depth of the issues... [Forsaken Females] has potential for serving as a core reference for understanding the degree to which the world experiences violence perpetrated against women... and should be required reading for any student intending to research or work internationally - regardless if that work is focused on "women's issues."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742545793
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,509,266
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Parrot is a professor in the department of policy analysis and management at Cornell University. She is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Upstate Medical University. Parrot is the author of numerous books, monographs, training manuals, and articles. She has appeared on many television and radio programs, including Face the Nation, Larry King Live, Oprah, and CBS This Morning. Professor Parrot has presented her work internationally, and has been an invited lecturer to over 100 college and University campuses around the world. Nina Cummings is a health educator specializing in women's health and the Victim Advocate at Cornell University. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Ithaca College where she teaches Women and Health each spring. For over twenty years, her work has focused on violence against women, victimology, sexual violence prevention and education, and women's health. Ms. Cummings has collaborated on several publications with co-author Andrea Parrot including Rape 101: Sexual Assault Prevention for College Athletes.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Perspectives on violence against women: Historical, methodological and theoretical Chapter 2 The sociopolitical conditions that predispose women to violence Chapter 3 Femicide Chapter 4 Female Genital Cutting: Clitoridectomy, female circumcision, female genital mutilation, or rite of passage Chapter 5 Sexual Violence Chapter 6 Sexual slavery Chapter 7 Trafficking Chapter 8 Intimate partner violence Chapter 9 Honor Killing Chapter 10 The impact of violence on women Chapter 11 Working toward a world without violence against women

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