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The Political Economy of Violence against Women$
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Jacqui True

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199755929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755929.001.0001

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What Has Poverty Got to Do With It?

What Has Poverty Got to Do With It?

Feminist Frameworks for Analyzing Violence against Women

(p.17) Chapter 2 What Has Poverty Got to Do With It?
The Political Economy of Violence against Women

Jacqui True

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 sets out the elements of a feminist political economy method employed to analyze different forms of violence against women, their causes, and their consequences. It stresses the linkages between poverty and material gender inequalities—the global, political-economic, and highly masculine authority structures that both condition and heighten women's vulnerability to violence. The chapter canvases various multidisciplinary approaches that seek to explain and address violence against women, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses from a political economy perspective. The chapter outlines three elements of a feminist political economy method that should be central in any analysis of—and proposed strategies to end—violence against women: the gender division of labor within the family and household economy; the contemporary global, macro-economy in which capitalist competition fuels the quest for cheap sources of (women's) labor and for deregulated investment conditions; and the masculine protector and feminine-protected identities associated with war and militarism and the division of warfront/home front associated with armed conflict and its aftermath.

Keywords:   feminist political economy, multidisciplinary approaches, gender division, labor, capitalism, militarism, deregulated investments, voilence against women

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