Teaching against Violence

Teaching against Violence: The Reassessing Toolbox

Ines Testoni
Angelika Groterath
Maria Silvia Guglielmin
Michael Wieser
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition: NED - New edition, 1
Pages: 190
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7829/j.ctt1287c0s
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    Teaching against Violence
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    Teaching Against Violence deals with gender based violence, paying particular attention to domestic violence, as in this field feminism has tenaciously sought to change the condition of women and, as a result, many international policies have promoted a significant social transformation. The chapters present active techniques that were adopted during the interventions to promote women’s empowerment. The contributions face these issues from various perspectives, present the state of the art research in multiple fields of study and suggest educational best practices that can be used where this problem is particularly severe.

    eISBN: 978-615-5225-94-9
    Subjects: Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-x)
  3. FOREWORD: GENDER EDUCATION AS A FIRST-LINE TOOL TO FIGHT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
    (pp. 1-14)
    Ines Testoni

    This volume is the result of an analysis carried out by various scholars working at the international level on the issue of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). It pays particular attention to domestic violence, as in this field feminism has tenaciously sought to change the condition of women and, as a result, many international policies have promoted a significant social transformation. Despite these positive steps, which have increased the self-determination of women, allowing them to improve their agency in every domain of private and public life, the problem still exists. Therefore we question, with pain and bewilderment, but also with determination to...

  4. ABOUT LEGISLATION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE EU AND ITALY
    (pp. 15-30)
    Alisa Del Re

    Historically, the process through which the modern state was born granted men the power within the family. Men’s domination over women was later transferred into laws, norms, and social structures. In the European national states the path to acquisition of citizenship rights for women has been asymmetric compared to that of male citizens, and many patriarchal structures remained active until well after the beginning of the twentieth century. In many states, family law continued to define the man as the head of the household up until the 1970s, giving him the right to discipline his wife and children. Raping one’s...

  5. THE ACTIVISM OF BLACK FEMINIST THEORY IN CONFRONTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: INTERCONNECTIONS, POLITICS, AND PRACTICE
    (pp. 31-60)
    Suryia Nayak

    In the previous chapter of this volume, Alisa Del Re calls the acts and consequences of violence against women “femicide.” She is right to do so, because violence against women is a matter of life and death that “knows no geographical, cultural, ethnic, or class boundaries.”¹ An understanding of femicide that includes the persistent attack on women’s human rights enables analysis of the “living death” that many survivors of sexual violence experience. As a matter of the life and death of women and their human rights, it is crucial that connections between teaching, critical analysis, and interventions to confront femicide...

  6. “BROTHERS FOR LIFE”: A CAMPAIGN ADDRESSING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE ON (DE/RE) CONSTRUCTING MASCULINITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA. “YENZA KAHLE!” DO THE RIGHT THING!
    (pp. 61-76)
    Phoebe Kisubi Mbasalaki

    Black feminist theory has been articulated in the preceding chapter as a powerful and effective tool in confronting gender violence. The Brothers for Life campaign can be seen in the same light as an emerging tool on the African continent. This campaign marks a paradigm shift in the interventions that address violence against women and girls (VAW) in Africa, mostly because it unravels men and masculinities. It was launched in South Africa in 2009, and it seems to be expanding to other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, such as Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Some in development circles have even referred to...

  7. GENDER, DEVIANCE AND INSTITUTIONAL VIOLENCE IN IRELAND’S MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES: AN ANALYSIS OF TWO FILMIC REPRESENTATIONS OF ABUSE
    (pp. 77-92)
    Auxiliadora Pérez-Vides

    This chapter inaugurates a section of the book devoted to the analysis of the transition from the application of repressive strategies upon women in terms of violence to more constructive means of female identity and empowerment in several contexts. In the case of Ireland, the interconnection of female deviance and violence has taken an interesting expression that is worthy of note. Traditionally rooted in conservative and Catholic discourses as a result of its decolonization from the British Empire, Irish society throughout the past century was characterized by the restriction of women’s rights and the obliteration of female corporeality. The repression...

  8. GENDER AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN PORTUGAL: INTERVENTION PRACTICES AND THEIR EFFECTS
    (pp. 93-118)
    Marlene Matos, Anita Santos and Rita Conde

    The current relevance of domestic violence is mainly due to the social construction of this type of victimization. The ongoing public recognition of violence as a serious problem can be attributed to several factors, namely the greater transparency of family relationships, the redefinition of women’s role in the family, the greater possibility for women to exercise their individual rights, the public testimonies of victims, and emergent civic movements (e.g., non-governmental organizations). The growing public awareness goes together with the proliferation of information services easily accessible to the community (e.g., help lines) and media attention. Indeed, in Portugal the media have...

  9. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EMPOWER PROJECT AND INTERVENTION: PSYCHODRAMA AND THE ELABORATION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN ITALY, AUSTRIA, BULGARIA, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, AND ALBANIA
    (pp. 119-150)
    Ines Testoni, Alessandra Armenti, Michael Wieser, Alice Bertoldo, Mihaela Bucuta, Galabina Tarashoeva, Lucia Ronconi, Maria Silvia Guglielmin, Gabriela Dima, Gabriela Moita, Adriano Zamperini, Sibylla Verdi and Daniela Di Lucia Sposito

    Gender-based violence within families is a complex phenomenon that cuts across all social classes, geographical locations, and periods of human history.¹ Studies of this issue have only recently gained an important role in psychological and social thinking and have developed in parallel with an awareness by women of the existential disadvantage they have. The previous contribution of Marlene Matos, Anita Santos, and Rita Conde is positioned in this area of research, and it describes the discursive and cognitive approach in the intervention with victims of domestic violence. In the present chapter we discuss another kind of treatment, which integrates both...

  10. “OVERCOMING FEMALE SUBORDINATION”: AN EXPERIMENTAL PROCESS OF EMPOWERMENT–THROUGH SOCIODRAMA AND DIGITAL STORYTELLING–DIRECTED TOWARD A GROUP OF ITALIAN FEMALE UNDERGRADUATES
    (pp. 151-172)
    Vincenzo Calvo, Marta Codato, Ines Testoni and Alice Bertoldo

    Following the theory of Third Wave Feminism,¹ this research aims at highlighting new pedagogical strategies to transgress cultural practices that perpetuate female subordination.

    In particular, this research aims at analyzing gender stereotypes internalized by young Italian women through the representational system proposed by the mass media. The innovative strategy proposed in this chapter concerns sociodrama techniques that are particularly relevant to investigate the internalization of female cultural representations.

    Through sociodrama techniques the importance of the body is placed at the intersection of cultural/social/ethnic/national/transnational knowledge production. In particular the aim of the research is to open up a space to empower...

  11. CONCLUSION
    (pp. 173-176)

    This volume has considered various aspects of gender-based violence. It has traced a path that began with a discussion about policies created to protect women against domestic violence and the emancipation of women and ended with a description of concrete interventions that support victims and provide education for preventing women’s dependence on men.

    Following the reflections of Third Wave Feminist Teaching (TWFT) and respecting the commitment to acknowledge and respect the spaces within which education develops that makes equality possible between genders, the volume has followed a path along which various elements have been suggested that can now be defined...

  12. List of Contributors
    (pp. 177-180)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 181-181)