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Gender violence in Africa : African women's responses
Green, December.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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298 pages ; 22 cm
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HV6250.4.W65 G74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The major objectives of this manual are to provide students with hands-on experiences that are relevant, easy to understand, applicable to the student's life, and presented in an interesting, informative format. Ranging from field and lab experiments to conducting social and personal assessments of the environmental impact of human activities, the manual presents something for everyone, regardless of the budget or facilities of each class. These labs are grouped by categories that can be used in conjunction with any introductory environmental textbook.

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Green's volume is based on extensive and varied secondary sources and official reports, many of which contain the voices of women from sub-Saharan countries. Green is a political scientist and Africanist whose previous research focused on Somalia and Namibia. Her research agenda is wide, encompassing physical violence and emotional and psychological abuse in everyday life. In the first two-thirds of the book, she develops a multilayered, interlocking framework on the relations of power that facilitate violence; in the last third she focuses on women's active agency in resisting violence through formal and informal means. By the time they reach those last chapters, some readers may feel overwhelmed and numbed at the sweeping and extensive portrait of violence, though resistance and engagement with international bureaucracy and the state offer some amelioration. This is shown in chapter 1, which outlines activities of the United Nations, and in chapter 6, which delineates the subject for nongovernmental organizations. At 37 pages, Green's bibliography is extraordinary. The volume complements Human Rights Watch reports and sets them in interdisciplinary academic analytic contexts. Suitable for graduate and research libraries and for large collections on women's studies and Africa. K. Staudt; University of Texas at El Paso

Table of Contents

Gender Violence and the Sexual Relations of Power
Gender Violence and the Economic Relations of Power
Gender Violence and the State Relations of Power
Gender Violence and the Politics of Disengagement
Gender Violence and the Politics of Engagement