There has been an increase in testimonies from women politicians who have been targets of violence and from survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. The editors and contributors to Gender and Violence against Political Actors seek to understand how gender influences both physical and psychological forms of violence and how sexual violence affects both men and women.
Chapters focus on theoretical approaches demonstrating how different disciplinary starting points—e.g., politics, violence and gender—give rise to different lenses. Essays examine violence carried out during conflict and peacetime, and relate to the continuum of violence—physical, sexual, psychological, and online. In addition, six country case studies reveal how different types of political actors have been targets of violence.
Gender and Violence against Political Actors ends by providing various approaches to responding to the problem of gendered violence in politics while also evaluating policy responses.
Contributors: Kerryn Baker, Julie Ballington, Gabrielle Bardall, Gabriella Borovsky, Cheryl N. Collier, Sofia Collignon, Maria Eriksson Baaz, Eleonora Esposito, Sandra Håkansson, Nicole Haley, Rebekah Herrick, Roudabeh Kishi, Anne-Kathrin Kreft, Mona Lena Krook, Rebecca Kuperberg, Robert U. Nagel, Louise Olsson, Jennifer M. Piscopo, Tracey Raney, Juliana Restrepo Sanín, Paige Schneider, Maria Stern, Sue Thomas, and the editors
“This ambitious and groundbreaking book provides a systematic gendered analysis of political violence across different countries and political contexts. It is based on solid theories and concepts and provides a broad coverage of the forms of violence that harm women’s political participation. The rich case studies make the volume a rewarding read for scholars and students. The book is also highly recommendable as it provides suggestions for policy responses.” —Johanna Kantola, Professor of European Societies and Their Politics at the Centre for European Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and author of Gender and the European Union
“The editors and contributors to this book make broad contributions to
our understanding of, and ability to conduct research about, gender and
political violence. They examine various forms of violence—spanning physical to psychological violence—in diverse arenas, ranging from war to legislative chambers to political campaigns. This book’s broad theoretical scope, paired with case studies in highly diverse contexts and with policy attempts to address political violence, makes Gender and Violence against Political Actors an indispensable resource for scholars and students in all areas of gender politics.”
—Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson, Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, and coauthor of Women in Presidential Cabinets: Power Players or Abundant Tokens?
“Whereas violence against women who take on political roles is as old as the witch hunts, it has only recently become the subject of systematic study. This book offers an important collection of perspectives from different subfields of political science that deepen and broaden our understanding of the phenomenon of gendered violence(s). Working with the notion of a continuum of violence spanning psychological and physical violence while attending to the gendered power relations that shape it, the editors and contributors highlight how multiple approaches are needed to fully explain and address violence against gendered political actors.”
—Annick T. R. Wibben, Anna Lindh Professor of Gender, Peace, and Security at the Swedish Defence University