Violence, Vulnerability and Embodiment: Gender and History


This well-illustrated collection uses new and interdisciplinary approaches in gender history to explore violence as a form of gendered embodiment across place and time,...
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This well-illustrated collection uses new and interdisciplinary approaches in gender history to explore violence as a form of gendered embodiment across place and time, from the medieval world to the twenty-first century.
  • Uses new and interdisciplinary approaches in gender history.
  • Considers the issues across time, from the classical world to the twenty-first century.
  • Covers a wide range of locations, including Africa, China, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia.
  • Academically and theoretically innovative.
  • Includes work by authors from different countries and different disciplines.
  • Helps readers to understand violence both as a diagnostic for deeper, more complex historical structures, and as a performative act that can be read symptomatically.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405120920
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: Gender and History Special Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Shani D'Cruze is Reader in Gender History at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was co-editor of the journal Gender and History between 2000 and 2004. Her main publications are on the nineteenth- and twentieth-century social and cultural history of violence, crime and gender and the gender history of the nineteenth-century family.

Anupama Rao is Assistant Professor of South Asian History at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her interests are in Indian nationalism; anti-caste struggles; caste, gender and the family form in nineteenth- and twentieth-century western India; historical anthropology; the anthropology of violence; human rights and feminist and critical theory.

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Table of Contents

1 Violence and the vulnerabilities of gender 1
2 Female suicide, subjectivity and the state in eighteenth-century China 19
3 'She is but a woman' : Kitty Byron and the English Edwardian criminal justice system 44
4 Mothers/fighters/citizens : violence and disillusionment in post-war El Salvador 67
5 Gendered violence : Castration and blinding as punishment for treason in Normandy and Anglo-Norman England 94
6 Precarious conditions : a note on counter-insurgency in Africa after 1945 109
7 Stalinist identity from the viewpoint of gender : rearing a generation of professionally violent women-fighters in 1930s Stalinist Russia 132
8 'Generous Amazons came to the breach' : besieged women, agency and subjectivity during the French wars of religion 161
9 Gendered visibilities and the dream of transparency : the Chinese-Indonesian rape debate in post-Suharto Indonesia 196
10 Woman and violence in artistic discourse of the Russian revolution and Civil War (1917-1922) 233
11 Un/safe/ly at home : narratives of sexual coercion in 1920s Egypt 251
12 Rethinking law and violence : the domestic violence (prevention) bill in India, 2002 276
13 Prostitution, sex work and violence : discursive and political contexts for five texts on paid sex, 1987-2001 301
14 Apparitions of desire : Clive van den Berg and the art of historical unknowability 320
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