Violence and Activism at the Border: Gender, Fear, and Everyday Life in Ciudad Juarez / Edition 1

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Overview

Between 1993 and 2003, more than 370 girls and women were murdered and their often-mutilated bodies dumped outside Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua, Mexico. The murders have continued at a rate of approximately thirty per year, yet law enforcement officials have made no breakthroughs in finding the perpetrator(s). Drawing on in-depth surveys, workshops, and interviews of Juárez women and border activists, Violence and Activism at the Border provides crucial links between these disturbing crimes and a broader history of violence against women in Mexico. In addition, the ways in which local feminist activists used the Juárez murders to create international publicity and expose police impunity provides a unique case study of social movements in the borderlands, especially as statistics reveal that the rates of femicide in Juárez are actually similar to other regions of Mexico.

Also examining how non-governmental organizations have responded in the face of Mexican law enforcement's "normalization" of domestic violence, Staudt's study is a landmark development in the realm of global human rights.

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What People Are Saying

Cynthia Enloe
In her splendid book, Kathleen Staudt shows why paying close and nuanced attention to violence and organizing against it reveals so much about both gritty urban politics and sprawling globalization. This book deserves a wide readership across disciplinary borders.
Cynthia Enloe, author of Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link
Pablo Vila
This accessible book exposes the complexity of the murder of women in Ciudad Juárez. Avoiding easy explanations, Staudt presents a nuanced analysis of the different factors that contributed to such a level of violence against women. Her perceptive analysis illuminates how political drama is central to understanding both, how the Mexican institutions have reacted to the murders, and how activists mobilized to obtain an institutional response to stop violence against women.
Pablo Vila, Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies, Temple University
Oscar J. Martínez
In this sensitive book about border violence, Staudt provides illuminating answers to perplexing questions long asked by people around the world about recent grotesque crimes against women in the notorious city of Ciudad Juárez. Staudt skillfully examines the femicide phenomenon and proceeds to investigate everyday domestic violence, grounding her findings in direct fieldwork and wide-ranging multi-disciplinary and theoretical research. Spotlighting the frustrated efforts of public and private institutions to address the problem, Staudt eloquently points out the urgent need for greater gender justice on the border.
Cynthia Enloe
In her splendid book, Kathleen Staudt shows why paying close and nuanced attention to violence and organizing against it reveals so much about both gritty urban politics and sprawling globalization. This book deserves a wide readership across disciplinary borders.
Pablo Vila
This accessible book exposes the complexity of the murder of women in Ciudad Juárez. Avoiding easy explanations, Staudt presents a nuanced analysis of the different factors that contributed to such a level of violence against women. Her perceptive analysis illuminates how political drama is central to understanding both, how the Mexican institutions have reacted to the murders, and how activists mobilized to obtain an institutional response to stop violence against women.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292718241
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: Inter-America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHLEEN STAUDT is an award-winning Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has written or co-authored more than a dozen scholarly books on women's studies, borderlands, and political science, most recently Pledging Allegiance: Learning Nationalism at the El Paso-Juárez Border, with Susan Rippberger, and Fronteras No Más: Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border, with Irasema Coronado.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Framing Perspectives
Chapter 2. Culture and Globalization: Male Backlash at the Border
Chapter 3. Women Speak About Violence and Fear: Surveys and Workshops
Appendix 3A. Research Design
Appendix 3B. Brochures Distributed to Participants
Chapter 4. Framing and Mobilizing Border Activism: From Femicide to Violence Against Women
Appendix 4A. Fiction or Nonfiction?
Appendix 4B. V-Day 2004 Proclamation, City of El Paso
Chapter 5. Government Responses to Violence Against Women
Chapter 6. Toward Eradicating Violence Against Women at the Border: Conclusions
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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