Disgrace: Global Reflections on Sexual Violence (Hardback)
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Disgrace: Global Reflections on Sexual Violence (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 15/08/2022
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Disgrace is the first truly global history of sexual violence. The book explores how sexual violence varies widely across time and place, from nineteenth-century peasant women in Ireland who were abducted as a way of forcing marriage, to date-raped high-school students in twentieth-century America, and from girls and women violated by Russian soldiers in 1945 to Dalit women raped by men of higher castes today. It delves into the factors that facilitate violence - including institutions, ideologies and practices - but also gives voice to survivors and activists, drawing inspiration from their struggles. Ultimately, Joanna Bourke intends to forge a transnational feminism that will promote a more harmonious, equal and rape- and violence-free world.

Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781789145991
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


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'Bold in its global vision and eminently readable, Disgrace is a work of scholarship that is full of empathy and conviction. Joanna Bourke builds upon decades of her research and brings a historian's omniscient eye to a topic which may be called "timely", but in fact has long been a part of human history. Across geographies, cultures, and eras, the reality of sexual violence has always served as a sobering reminder of humanity's flaws and cruelties. Here is an eye-opening book to help us understand that reality more fully - and to help us envision a future free of rape.' - Winnie M Li, author of Dark Chapter and Complicit, activist and rape survivor

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