Gender Violence In Russia: The Politics Of Feminist Intervention

Paperback | February 18, 2009

byJanet Elise Johnson

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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.

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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 t...

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).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.8 inPublished:February 18, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253220742

ISBN - 13:9780253220745

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Table of Contents

Preface: Can Intervention Help Women?
Acknowledgments
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
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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"In periods of rapid social change, the poets of one ideological system or another rush to find the cogent metaphor or, more recently, the winning soundbite, that will interpret the change to suit their own ends, to control meaning. To find and sell the right descriptive phrase is to raise the flag of possession over a historical event. For example, the collapse of the Soviet Union-or, even more stridently, the U.S. victory in the Cold War-spins the end of the 1980s, the end of history, as some proclaimed it, as a triumph of righteousness, rendered even more morally spectacular by the supposed 'coldness' of the conflict, and the ushering in of a new world order. That's why a book like Janet Johnson's 'Gender Violence in Russia' is so badly needed.The conclusion Johnson's study reaches is... that what really works, in terms of feminist intervention, are 'alliances between global feminists and large donors.' Money talks, apparently; or rather its use in creating organizations for women's advocacy is the best agent for social change. What Johnson calls 'flexible and responsive funding' is the key, targeting funds where they are most needed and can do the most good to protect women and to begin to change cultures of violence which have proven fearfully resistant to change." -Rick Taylor, Feminist Review, July 2, 2009