Women and Gendered Violence in Canada: An Intersectional Approach
Violence against women is usually framed as an issue of interpersonal violence perpetuated by men. While domestic violence and sexual assault are significant social problems, such a narrow framing obscures the diversity of women’s experience, fails to illuminate the role social structures play, and excludes discussions of workplace and state violence. By drawing on a range of theoretical traditions emerging from feminism, criminology, and sociology, Women and Gendered Violence in Canada significantly expands the conversation on violence against women.
The first section of the book develops the conceptual and contextual framework that informs the remainder of the text, and the following three sections are organized around types of victimization: interpersonal, labour site, and state. Each chapter ends with lists of suggested activities, and first person narratives are integrated throughout to personalize the material and issues being examined.
- Division: Higher Education
- World Rights
- Page Count: 416 pages
- Dimensions: 7.5in x 1.0in x 9.2in
"Bruckert and Law have written an excellent book that explains how acts of gendered violence are informed by gender scripts and misogyny through a holistic approach that exposes the connections of violence against women with social, legal, historical, and political discourses, and they do so within an intersectional and interdisciplinary lens. Their strong emphasis on the structural nature of violence and on the role of neoliberalism, and their critique of how governance and carceral feminisms add to discourses and policies that can increase violence for some groups of women and men, is refreshing. The text is also richly Canadian, and I found the myriad case studies, examples, and references to Canadian law especially welcome. The pedagogical exercises are useful, thought-provoking, and appropriate to an undergraduate classroom."
Jen Marchbank, Simon Fraser University
"The reader is asked to consider new ways of understanding violence outside of the usual surface analysis of violence. This construct is precisely why this text is important. Women and Gendered Violence in Canada has possibilities for use beyond the usual gendered violence courses. Labour, social justice, criminology, law, and any course moving from intersectionality and across disciplines would find this text useful."
Helen Ramirez, Wilfrid Laurier University
Author InformationChris Bruckert is Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa.
Tuulia Law is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Part A: Contextualizing Gendered Violence in Canada
Introduction: Expanding the Lens on Gendered Violence
1. An Intersectional Lens on Gendered Violence
2. Situating Canadian Women: Socio-Economic Locations
3. Regulatory Discourses and Representation: How Women Are “Known”
Part B: Interpersonal Violence
4. Everyday Intrusions on the Street, on Campus, and Online
5. Sexual Assault: Laws, Scripts, and Victim Blaming
6. Intimate Partner Violence: Brutish Husbands and Passive Wives
Part C: Workplace Violence
7. Not “Just a Joke”: Sexual Harassment, Bullying, and Microagressions in the Workplace
8. Just Part of the Job? Predatory, Situational, and Slow Violence at Work
9. Invisibilized Migrant Women: Over-Regulated and Under-Protected Workers from the Global South
Part D: Structural Violence
10. Moral Regulation, Discipline, and the Beauty Industrial Complex
11. State Violence: Women and the Criminal Justice System
12. Colonial Violence against Indigenous Women
Conclusion: “No Free Lunch”: Costs and Consequences of Gendered Violence in Canada and Globally
Appendix 1: Works Cited
Appendix 2: Glossary
Subjects and Courses