Gender and Everyday Violence

Authored by: Alexandria J. Innes , Brent J. Steele

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Security

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138696211
eBook ISBN: 9781315525099
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Everyday violence, generally, refers to those forms of violence that occur as part of the banal experience of everyday life. By definition, everyday violence does not refer to the high politics of war and conflict, or the exceptional and dramatic violence of terrorism and natural disaster. Everyday violence refers to the recurring violence that happens in quotidian life. While these forms of violence often appear to be far removed from international politics, here we illustrate ways in which they are, in fact, inextricably tied to international politics and international security. We also demonstrate that everyday violence in general is often gendered in nature or is often a consequence of the gendered dynamics of international politics. The neglect of these forms of violence in Security Studies and International Relations (IR) theory further reveals gender bias in the discipline.

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