Beyond the metaphorical use of healthy society as a normative goal of Peace Research (PR), there is little engagement in contemporary PR with questions of global health. Simultaneously, critical feminist approaches to the intersections of different forms of violence and health are rare in Global Health (GH) literature. Bringing together feminist PR and GH scholarships, this edited book aims to enrich both scholarly traditions. On the one hand, the book provides perspectives from PR that help us to understand better 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 PR, 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 (HIV/AIDS, malaria), mental health, the relationship between religious beliefs and health, domestic violence, sex trafficking, and ageing and dementia.
This text will help students and researchers alike navigate Global Health through a feminist lens.
1. Catia C. Confortini & Tiina Vaittinen. Introduction: Analysing Violences in Gendered Global Health
PART I: REVISITING STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE
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 Wahirin. “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
PART II: VIOLENCES ENTANGLED
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
PART III: TOWARDS PEACE AND JUSTICE IN GLOBAL HEALTH
9. Debra L. DeLaet, Shannon Golden and Veronica Laveta. Beyond Retribution and Reconciliation: 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 a PhD Candidate at the University of Tampere, Finland.
Cata Confortini is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College, USA.
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.
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.
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.
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.