Gender Violence in Russia

Gender Violence in Russia : The Politics of Feminist Intervention

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Just a few years ago, most Russian citizens did not recognize the notion of domestic violence or acknowledge that such a problem existed. Today, after years of local and international pressure to combat violence against women, things have changed dramatically. Gender Violence in Russia examines why and how this shift occurred -- and why there has been no similar reform on other gender violence issues such as rape, sexual assault, or human trafficking. Drawing on more than a decade of research, Janet Elise Johnson analyzes media coverage and survey data to explain why some interventions succeed while others fail. She describes the local-global dynamics between a range of international actors, from feminist activists to national governments, and an equally diverse set of Russian organizations and more

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  • Electronic book text | 258 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, United States
  • English
  • 0253002583
  • 9780253002587

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The title of this book is misleading: it is not about gender violence in Russia, and it is not entirely about 'the politics of feminist intervention, ' as the subtitle asserts. Rather, it is a social policy study that examines the impact of various initiatives aimed at raising Russian awareness of the issues involved in violence against women and at combating it. Strongly feminist in her point of view, Johnson (political science and women's studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY) evaluates approaches and methods of external involvement by 'transnational' feminist organizations, by donor organizations, and by pressure or encouragement from foreign governments not only for their effectiveness in the short term, but also for their more profound impact on undermining the established, male-dominated gender hierarchy. Apparently designed for ongoing analysis within the world of feminist policy studies, the book makes few concessions to the outside reader. It is overloaded with citations and lacks any involvement with human actors (or even victims). The book is populated instead by NGOs, alphabetical abbreviations, and bureaucracies. Stolid prose and clumsy syntax only add to the difficulties. It is hard to see an audience for this work, apart from colleagues in the author's field. Summing Up: Optional. Specialists only. -- Choice J. Zimmerman, emerita, University of Pittsburgh, March 2010show more

About Janet Elise Johnson

Janet Elise Johnson is Associate Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and editor, with Jean C. Robinson, of Living Gender after Communism (IUP, 2007).show more

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