Gender Violence in Russia

Gender Violence in Russia

The Politics of Feminist Intervention
Janet Elise Johnson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/18/2009
Format: Paperback 1 b&w photos, 1 figures, 1 map
ISBN: 978-0-253-22074-5
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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 institutions.

Author Bio

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).


“Engagingly written and superbly researched, Gender Violence in Russia makes a theoretical contribution to postcommunist studies and, more importantly, advances the scholarly conversation about how global human rights norms can more effectively be transmitted to the local level in order to create social change.”
 — Valerie Sperling, Clark University

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Table of Contents

Preface: Can Intervention Help Women?
List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction: Foreign Intervention and Gender Violence
2. The Global Feminist Challenge, Communism, and Postcommunism
3. The Women's Crisis Center Movement: Funding and De-funding Feminism
4. Sexual Assault: The Limits of Blame and Shame
5. Domestic Violence: The Benefits of Assistance
6. Trafficking in Women: The Costs of State Pressure
7. Conclusion: Recommendations for Future Interventions

Appendix 1. Women's Human Rights and Gender Violence
Appendix 2. Notes on Measurement and Method
Works Cited

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