Terrorizing Women: Feminicide in the Americas

Terrorizing Women: Feminicide in the Americas

By: Rosa Linda Fregoso (editor), Cynthia L. Bejarano (editor)Paperback

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More than 600 women and girls have been murdered and more than 1,000 have disappeared in the Mexican state of Chihuahua since 1993. Violence against women has increased throughout Mexico and in other countries, including Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Law enforcement officials have often failed or refused to undertake investigations and prosecutions, creating a climate of impunity for perpetrators and denying truth and justice to survivors of violence and victims' relatives. Terrorizing Women is an impassioned yet rigorously analytical response to the escalation in violence against women in Latin America during the past two decades. It is part of a feminist effort to categorize violence rooted in gendered power structures as a violation of human rights. The analytical framework of feminicide is crucial to that effort, as the editors explain in their introduction. They define feminicide as gender-based violence that implicates both the state (directly or indirectly) and individual perpetrators. It is structural violence rooted in social, political, economic, and cultural inequalities. Terrorizing Women brings together essays by feminist and human rights activists, attorneys, and scholars from Latin America and the United States, as well as testimonios by relatives of women who were disappeared or murdered. In addition to investigating egregious violations of women's human rights, the contributors consider feminicide in relation to neoliberal economic policies, the violent legacies of military regimes, and the sexual fetishization of women's bodies. They suggest strategies for confronting feminicide; propose legal, political, and social routes for redressing injustices; and track alternative remedies generated by the communities affected by gender-based violence. In a photo essay portraying the justice movement in Chihuahua, relatives of disappeared and murdered women bear witness to feminicide and demand accountability. Contributors: Pascha Bueno-Hansen, Adriana Carmona Lopez, Ana Carcedo Cabanas, Jennifer Casey, Lucha Castro Rodriguez , Angelica Chazaro, Rebecca Coplan, Hector Dominguez-Ruvalcaba, Marta Fontenla, Alma Gomez Caballero, Christina Iturralde, Marcela Lagarde y de los Rios, Julia Estela Monarrez Fragoso, Hilda Morales Trujillo, Mercedes Olivera, Patricia Ravelo Blancas, Katherine Ruhl, Montserrat Sagot, Rita Laura Segato, Alicia Schmidt Camacho, William Paul Simmons, Deborah M. Weissman, Melissa W. Wright

About Author

Rosa-Linda Fregoso is Professor of Latin American and Latino studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of meXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands and Bronze Screen: Chicana and Chicano Film Culture. Cynthia Bejarano is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. She is the author of Que Onda? Urban Youth Culture and Border Identity.


Preface. Feminist Keys for Understanding Feminicide: Theoretical, Political, and Legal Construction / Marcela Lagarede y de los Rios xi Acknowledgments xxvii Introduction. A Cartography of Feminicide in the Americas / Rosa-Linda Fregoso and Cynthia Bejarano 1 Part I: Localizing Feminicide Testimonio: Eva Arce 45 Violencia Feminicida: Violence against Women and Mexico's Structural Crisis / Mercedes Olivera 49 The Victims of Cuidad Juarez Feminicide: Sexually Fetishized Commodities / Julia Estela Monarrez Fragoso 59 Territory, Sovereignty, and the Crimes of the Second State: The Writing on the Body of Murdered Women / Rita Laura Segato 70 Getting Away with Murder: Guatemala's Failure to Protect Women and Rodi Alvarado's Quest for Safety / Angelica Chazaro, Jennifer Casey, and Katherine Ruhl 93 Femicides in Mar de Plata / Marta Fontenla 116 Femicide and Sexual Violence in Guatemala / Hilda Morales Trujillo 127 When Violence against Women Kills: Femicide in Costa Rica, 1990-99 / Montserrat Sagot and Ana Carcedo Cabanas 138 Feminicide in Latin America in the Movement for Women's Human Rights / Adriana Carmona Lopez, Alma Gomez Caballero, and Lucha Castro Rodriguez 157 Part II. Transnationalizing Justice Testimonio: Julia Huamanahui 179 Obedience without Compliance: The Role of the Government, Organized Crime, and NGOs in the System of Impunity That Murders the Women of Cuidad Juarez / Hector Domiguez-Ruvalcaba and Patricia Ravelo Blancas 182 Innovative Transnational Remedies for the Women of Cuidad Juarez / William Paul Simmons and Rebecca Coplan 197 Global Economics and Their Progenies: Theorizing Femicide in Context / Deborah M. Weissman 225 Searching for Accountability on the Border: Justice for the Women of Cuidad Juarez / Christina Iturralde 243 Photo Essay: Images from the Justice Movement in Chihuahua, Mexico 263 Part III. New Citizenship Practices Testimonio: Rosa Franco 273 Cuidadana X: Gender Violence and the Denationalization of Women's Rights in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico / Alicia Schmidt Camacho 275 Feminicidio: Making the Most of an "Empowered Term" / Pascha Bueno-Hansen 290 Paradoxes, Protests, and the Mujeres de Negro of Northern Mexico / Melissa W. Wright 312 Testimonio: Norma Ledezma Ortega 331 References 335 Contributors 367 Index 371

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  • ISBN13: 9780822346814
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9780822346814
  • weight: 603
  • ISBN10: 0822346818

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