The aim of this book has been to apply a gender analysis to the issue of urban violence, by separating out and unpacking some of the gendered processes that tie different forms of violence together. Urban violence is most commonly associated with male-on-male violence and gender-based violence with male-on-female aggression. These patterns are reflected in the different interventions to mitigate violence. In reality, different violences overlap, reproducing unequal gender relations, which leave both men and women with limited options in their daily activities and life choices. Security concerns that arise from contexts of acute levels of violence impact widely on daily life, restricting routines and mobility, affecting conversation, defining unwritten codes, virtual limits and taboo subjects and placing restrictions on who residents socialise with. However, patterns of risk and the strategies employed to get around them, are experienced differently by men and women, boys and girls.
KeywordsGender Identity Gang Member Life Choice Violent Masculinity Gang Violence
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