Gender Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Arizona Press
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As coeditors, we wish to thank our respective institutions, the University of Texas at Austin and The Ohio State University, for their generous support of this book. We also thank the contributors to the volume and the following colleagues who, at one point or another, were part of the academic discussions that led to this work: ...
Gender Violence: An Introduction
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In recent years the phenomenon of violence and its sociological and cultural implications has emerged at the forefront of academic discussions about the U.S.–Mexico border. And yet there are few serious studies devoted to one of its most disturbing manifestations: gender violence.1 ...
Part I: Oral Testimonies on Gender Violence
1. Violence and Transvestite/Transgender Sex Workers in Tijuana
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Although femicides in Ciudad Ju�rez, the largest city in the northern state of Chihuahua, have called the attention of the international press, intellectuals, activists, and society in general, we cannot discuss gender-based violence without considering homophobia, which has become one of the most tolerated human rights violations in Mexican society. ...
2. We Never Thought It Would Happen to Us: Approaches to the Study of the Subjectivities of the Mothers of the Murdered Women of Ciudad Ju�rez
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Patricia Ravelo Blancas analyzes the work of civic organizations and the testimonies of the mothers of the murdered women of Ciudad Ju�rez to demonstrate how violence along the border engenders community activism. Examining the construction of grassroots organizations becomes crucial ...
Part II: Audiovisual Representations of Gender Violence
3. Death on the Screen: Imagining Violence in Border Media
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By analyzing the images of violence constructed by diverse local and binational television broadcasts, chapter 3, by H�ctor Dom�nguez-Ruvalcaba, argues that television commodifies violent events, which are brought to a marketplace of emotions. Furthermore, the representation of violence functions as an instrument of manipulation ...
4. Representations of Femicide in Border Cinema
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In this chapter María Socorro Tabuenca Córdoba analyzes how the victimization of women in Ciudad Juárez is represented in recent Mexican films. As with other chapters in this book, Tabuenca’s work addresses the problematical representation of violence and its cultural and political implications. ...
Part III: Representations of Gender Violence in the Print Media
5. Over Their Dead Bodies: Reading the Newspapers on Gender Violence
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This chapter studies the journalistic representation of violence in Ciudad Ju�rez. It focuses on the ways femicides are portrayed in the news, reflecting on how the rhetoric of newspapers is itself a factor that misinterprets or neutralizes those deadly events. By relating what is said and what is omitted from news to political and cultural contexts, ...
6. Women in the Global Machine: Patrick Bard’s La frontera, Carmen Galán Benitez’s Tierra marchita, and Alicia Gasparde Alba’s Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders
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In this chapter Miguel L�pez-Lozano analyzes three novels that deal with the femicides of Ciudad Ju�rez. He points to the precarious value of women in globalized industrial capitalism and argues that the maquila-dora industry is at the core of a process of dehumanization of women that has culminated in the femicides. ...
Part IV: The Legal Status of Femicides
7. �Alto a la Impunidad! Is There Legal Relief for the Murders of Women in Ciudad Ju�rez?
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James C. Harrington addresses one of the central concerns regarding femicides in Mexico: the difficulties of enforcement of human rights laws along the border, specifically those related to such violations as negligence, falsification of evidence, and false accusations. Harrington deals with the role of international institutions of justice ...
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About the Contributors
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Publication Year: 2010