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From the Publisher"This anthology has many virtues. It offers a cross-cultural view of violence against women in many of its familiar forms. Although clearly within the discipline of philosophy, the articles are written in a clear manner that is accessible to a diverse audience, including those working in grassroots movements and in activist communities who otherwise may look skeptically upon academic writing on violence against women. The authors provide lucid and concise explanations of theoretical underpinnings, and most articles include case studies which are illuminating and grounding while avoiding the sensationalism that examples of violence against women can sometimes evoke."—Nancy Nyquist Potter, Letters in Canada, 1998
"This collection of thirteen essays shows why and how violence against women should be examined philosophically . . . .I found every one of these essays enlightening, and plan to use the book in my 'Feminism and Philosophy' course because I believe it will, as effectively as any book I know, counter two common beliefs: that there is no need for feminism because women have already achieved equality; and that insofar as feminism is important, philosophy is unimportant. "— Ethics. October 1999.
"Violence Against Women is a much-needed addition to feminist and philosophical discussions of the myriad forms of violence that women experience around the world. . . . The thirteen essays offer new and culturally diverse perspectives. . . . a useful addition to readings in more advanced courses in feminist theory, ethics, and political philosophy."—Kim Hall, Ass't. Professor of Philosophy at Appalachian State University. NWSA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring).
"This diverse and wide-ranging collection of essays begins with a discussion of the complexity of surviving rape and ends with a discussion of the complexities of preventing and resisting rape. . . The strength of this collection of essays lies in the clarity of argument and explanation. There is a clear and uncompromising commitment to making theory 'work' for women in the complex and diverse worlds in which they live."—Renee Heberle, Hypatia, June 2001
"Unique and timely. Offering a nice blend of more familiar and less familiar topics, this volume will be interesting to readers with specific interests as well as to readers looking for something new."—Uma Narayan, Vassar College
"The topic of violence against women needs the kind of serious philosophical scrutiny the editors provide in this volume. Not only philosophers, but legal theorists, criminologists, women's studies specialists, political scientists and sociologists will find this book useful."—Rosemarie Tong, Davidson College
"In their introduction to Violence against Women, the editors claim that it 'was conceived in the spirit of social transformation'; the constituent chapters of the book more than fulfill this formative conception. The daring and innovative papers focusing on rape, genital mutilation, pornography, domestic violence, and social policy promise to jolt any readers still mired in dogmatic slumbers into transformed, and perhaps uneasy, wakefulness. The strength of argument applied by the authors to extensive empirical and personal experience should abolish forever the possibility of taking seriously many former 'axioms' regarding such concepts as rights, freedom, and humanity. Most important, this volume transforms what it means to do philosophy, exploding old Cartesian boundaries of the purely rational, opening up for philosophical analysis the lives of women as they have actually been lived."—Maryann Ayim, author of The Moral Parameters of Good Talk
"This is a fine collection that makes clear why violence against women—from rape and battery to female genital cutting and much else—should receive serious philosophical attention. The essays here clarify the issues and offer recommendations, as should philosophy at its best."—Virginia Held, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York