The Trap of Proximity Violence

Research and Insights into Male Dominance and Female Resistance

Authors: Bartholini, Ignazia

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  • Deals with the issue of proximity violence as an umbrella concept encompassing gender-based violence without ending up in it
  • Highlights the links between vulnerability and resistance and the victim's acknowledgement of the violence suffered
  • Provides self-narrated examples of the proximity violence experienced by victims exiting the tunnel
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This book aims at shifting the emphasis from a general vision of gender-based violence to a more opaque, yet equally destructive one, that related to "proximity violence".

The first type of violence is exercised in multiple situations and in the generality of relationships experienced by people involving others who are both strangers to and intimate with each other. Proximity violence provides and includes a fiduciary kind of "proximity", of "dependent intimacy", where the trust that the victim places in the other (her tormentor) favours the exercise of violence itself, allowing it to take place, thus making it practically imperceptible when not actually normal, in extreme cases.

In turn, this confidence is comparable to "a veil of Maja" which, in conditions of vulnerability typical of victims, attenuates the consequences of the violence undergone or the omens of what becomes violent action.

The conceptual triad: proximity violence, vulnerability, resistance-resilience is explored here, in the three main chapters and in the details aimed at identifying, in the final chapter, the mutual interconnections.

This book will be of particular interest and use to undergraduate and graduate students of sociology and gender studies


About the authors

Ignazia Bartholini is Associate Professor of Sociology at Palermo University and an RC 32 (Women and Society) board member of ISA (International Sociological Association).

In the last decade she has acted as visiting professor to some European universities. Her research focuses on gender-based violence and social policies for women. In the context of the research reported here, she was principal investigator of the many international research projects involved as well as being the author of numerous essays on the topic of migration, poverty, education where theoretical reflection and the hard facts of empirical investigation are combined. The terminological meaning of "proximity violence" as a particular form of violence against women is “hers”. She focuses on the situational and cultural context correlations which migrants but also western women are victims


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Violence and Proximity Violence: Links and Interpretative Developments

    Pages 1-27

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  • Deception and Abuse: Manifold Instances of Proximity Violence Against Sub-Saharan Women

    Pages 29-48

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  • Human Trafficking: The Viscous Link Between Vulnerability and Proximity Violence

    Pages 49-68

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  • Nostalgia and Proximity Violence: Daily Life and Regressive Mestizament

    Pages 69-84

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  • Violence Through Words: Cultural Aspects and Performative Agency

    Pages 85-95

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Trap of Proximity Violence
Book Subtitle
Research and Insights into Male Dominance and Female Resistance
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52451-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52451-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52450-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 122
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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