The Cunning of Gender Violence

The Cunning of Gender Violence

Geopolitics and Feminism

The Cunning of Gender Violence focuses on how a once visionary feminist project has folded itself into contemporary world affairs. Combating violence against women and gender-based violence constitutes a highly visible and powerful agenda enshrined in international governance and law and embedded in state violence and global securitization. Case studies on Palestine, Bangladesh, Iran, India, Pakistan, Israel, and Turkey as well as on UN and US policies trace the silences and omissions, along with the experiences of those subjected to violence, to question the rhetoric that claims the agenda as a “feminist success story.” Because religion and racialized ethnicity, particularly “the Muslim question,” run so deeply through the institutional structures of the agenda, the contributions explore ways it may be affirming or enabling rationales and systems of power, including civilizational hierarchies, that harm the very people it seeks to protect.

Contributors. Lila Abu-Lughod, Nina Berman, Inderpal Grewal, Rema Hammami, Janet R. Jakobsen, Shenila Khoja-Moolji, Vasuki Nesiah, Samira Shackle, Sima Shakhsari, Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Dina M Siddiqi, Shahla Talebi, Leti Volpp, Rafia Zakaria
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  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Circuits of Power in GBVAW Governance / Lila Abu-Lughod, Rema Hammami, and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
  • I. Securitization
    • One. Lawfare, CVE, and International Conflict Feminism / Vasuki Nesiah
    • Two. Securofeminism: Embracing a Phantom / Lila Abu-Lughod
    • Three. The Role of “Honor Killings” in the Muslim Ban / Leti Volpp
    • Four. Because Religion: Does Something Called “Religion” Cause Gender-Based Violence? / Janet R. Jakobsen
  • II. States of Violence, Unruly Subjects
    • Five. GBV and Postcolonial India: Transnational Media, Hindutva, and Muslim Racializations / Inderpal Grewal
    • Six. The Politics of Legislating “Honor Crime” in Contemporary Pakistan / Shenila Khoja-Moolji
    • Seven. State Criminality and Gender-Based Violence: Palestinian Schoolgirls between Books and Rifles / Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
    • Eight. Power, Subjectivity, and Sexuality in Iranian Political Prisons / Shahla Talebi
  • III. Civilizing Interventions: Development and Humanitarianism
    • Nine. Child Marriage in the Feminist Imagination / Dina M. Siddiqi
    • Ten. Catastrophic Aid: GBV Humanitarianism in Gaza / Rema Hammami
    • Eleven. What Counts as Violence? Transgender Refugees, Torture, and Sanctions / Sima Shakhsari
  • IV. Media Frames
    • Twelve. Weaponized Bodies: Female Genital Cutting and Immigrant Exclusion / Rafia Zakaria
    • Thirteen. Breaking the Frame: The Power of Media Narratives and the Question of Agency / Samira Shackle
    • Fourteen. Dressed Up, Stripped Down: Media Depictions of Conflict Rape / Nina Berman
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