Rowman and Littlefield International

Gender, Global Health, and Violence

Feminist Perspectives on Peace and Disease

Edited by Tiina Vaittinen and Catia C. Confortini

5 Reviews

The themes dealt with in the chapters of the book vary from questions of reproductive health, to non-communicable (e.g. breast cancer) and communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS), war-time sexual violence, mental health, therapeutic justice, domestic violence, and ageing and dementia.

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Beyond the metaphorical use of healthy society as a normative goal of Peace Research, there is little engagement in contemporary Peace Research with questions of global health. Simultaneously, critical feminist approaches to the intersections of different forms of violence and health are rare in Global Health literature. Bringing together feminist Peace Research and Global Health scholarships, this edited book aims to enrich both scholarly traditions. On the one hand, the book provides perspectives from feminist Peace Research that help us to understand and analyse different forms of violence in the gendered realm of global health. On the other hand, the variety of empirical cases analysed in the chapters widens the horizons of Peace Research, in its understanding of what it means to study violence, peace, and justice in everyday lives.

The themes dealt in the chapters of the book vary from questions of reproductive health, to non-communicable (e.g. breast cancer) and communicable diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS), war-time sexual violence, mental health, therapeutic justice, domestic violence, and ageing and dementia.

This text will help students and researchers alike navigate Global Health through a feminist lens.

1. Catia C. Confortini and Tiina Vaittinen. Introduction: Analysing Violences in Gendered Global Health


2. Maria Tanyag. Replenishing Bodies and the Political Economy of SRHR in Crises and Emergencies

3. Néstor Nuño Martínez. Rethinking Global Health Priorities from the Margins: Health Access and Medical Care Claims among Indonesia’s Waria

4. Deborah Ikhile, Linda Gibson and Azrini Wahidin. “I Cannot Know That Now I Have Cancer!” A Structural Violence Perspective on Breast Cancer Detection in Uganda

5. Elina Oinas. HIV Politics and Structural Violence: Access to Treatment and Knowledge


6. Dragana Lukić and Ann Therese Lotherington. Fighting Symbolic Violence Through Artistic Encounters: Searching for Feminist Answers to the Question of Life and Death with Dementia

7. Camilla Reuterswärd. ¡Malas Madres, Malas Mujeres, Malas Todas! The Incarceration of Women for Abortion-Related Crimes in Mexico

8. Élise Féron. When is it Torture, When is it Rape? Discourses on Wartime Sexual Violence


9. Debra L. DeLaet, Shannon Golden and Veronica Laveta. Therapeutic Justice for Survivors of Human Rights Violations and Wartime Violence

10. Laura Finley. Domestic Violence and Public Health: Beginning Steps for Creating More Just and Effective Community Responses

11. Tiina Vaittinen. From Caring Self-Protection to Global Health as Conflict Transformation

12. Sophie Harman. Conclusion: Violence and the Paradox of Global Health

Tiina Vaittinen is Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Tampere University, Finland.

Catia C. Confortini is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College, USA.

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5 Reviews

This collection of essays edited by Tiina Vaittinen and Catia C. Confortini is packed with sophisticated insights that look beyond the usual securitisation lens. Through case studies and conceptual work, the book reveals the complexity and significance of the subject; it is highly recommended.

Roger MacGinty, Professor in Defence, Development and Diplomacy, University of Durham, UK

One of the most important collections of essays on global health to be published in recent years. It makes at least three notable contributions. First, it shifts the focus towards concrete violences and experiences of vulnerability, bringing fresh insights to a field of studies where macro-level analyses and the voices of the powerful are often prevalent. Second, the volume shows the crucial importance of seeing violence in global health as gendered, demonstrating that the future of the global health literature must also be feminist. Finally, the volume's engagement with the (rich but long-neglected) body of work in Peace Research is a watershed that, I think, will shape the trajectory of global health scholarship.

João Nunes, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of York, UK

This volume brings together a wide variety of diverse voices and leading scholars to shine a light on a woefully-understudied subject. Mixing keen theoretical insights with incredible empirical richness, these chapters illuminate why global health—and international relations more broadly—needs to take questions of gender and violence much more seriously. This will be an invaluable resource for scholars and practitioners.

Jeremy Youde, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA

This powerful volume breaks new ground in bridging the fields of global health policy and peace studies, viewed through a distinctive feminist lens. In a series of case studies from around the world, contributors describe the varieties of everyday violence experienced by women in diverse contexts. Theoretically rich and empirically evocative, sometimes chilling.

Ted Schrecker, Professor of Global Health Policy, Newcastle University, UK

In this excellent contribution to the field of Feminist Peace Studies, Vaittinen and Confortini, along with the contributors to this edited volume, manage to show that global health concerns should be at the core of peace research. It is explicit in insisting on a feminist approach to the research, which not only demands that both fields take seriously the complexities of gender and sexualities, but also embraces the normative principle that the aim of knowledge creation should not only be to understand, but also to provide the foundation from which to enact change. Consequently, the individual case studies contribute to our understanding of HIV/AIDS, sexual and gender-based violence, reproductive rights and more, while they allow us to explore the entanglements and compounding effects of direct and structural, symbolic and epistemic violences – and how gender shapes these. Read it.

Annick T. R. Wibben, Anna Lindh Professor for Gender, Peace and Security, Swedish Defence University

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