Introduction – Everyday Experiences of Violence
‘[G]ender operates throughout all forms of violence’ (Scheper-Hughes and Bourgois 2004:22). The logical implication of this quote from Scheper-Hughes and Bourgois is that to study violence without considering gender is to ignore the power relations within which violence operates. Violence is inseparable from the social context in which it takes place and thus is shaped by gendered social relations. Nevertheless, certain forms of violence are more readily considered as ‘gendered’ than others. While there is a general consensus about the existence and importance of domestic violence as a phenomenon, and various other forms of gender-based violence have been identified, it is less common to think of all forms of violence as gendered.
KeywordsDomestic Violence Everyday Experience Political Violence Gang Member Gang Activity
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