Globalization and Theorizing Intimate Partner Violence from the Global South

  • Stephanie Spaid Miedema
  • Emma Fulu


In the global South—as in the global North—men’s perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) is a leading form of crime faced by women. At the local level, women’s status, gender norms, practices and ideologies are key predictors of when, where and why IPV occurs. Yet, globalization has fundamentally shifted (and continues to shift) women’s lives and status in the global South. In this article, we propose a systematic integration of global forces into theoretical frameworks of IPV in order to enhance extant (Northern-derived) theories of IPV. This approach centers the lived experiences of women in the global South, as these experiences are shaped by globalization, in order to develop criminological analysis of IPV that accounts for and reflects trends across the global periphery.


Asia-Pacific Gender equality Global South Globalization Intimate partner violence Women’s status 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephanie Spaid Miedema
    • 1
  • Emma Fulu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.The Equality InstituteMelbourneAustralia

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