Special Issue "Spotlight on Violence Against Women"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Gender Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Zina T. McGee

Department of Sociology Faculty & Staff, Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668, USA
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Interests: Gun Violence; Victimization and Coping among Urban Youth; Patterns of Coping among Women in Prison; Behavioral and Emotional Outcomes among Children of Incarcerated Mothers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With critical scholarship and political action remaining at the forefront of issues pertaining to violence against women, it is appropriate to focus our attention on efforts to change, rather than simply adjust to, the oppressive patriarchal structures responsible for the mistreatment and mishandling of women through violent approaches. Therefore, the noteworthy challenges of eradicating gender-based violence and promoting gender equality prompt us to ask the question: Do we know enough about how to confront structural, emotional, and physical violence toward women? How can different methods of philosophical analysis and performance on these complications re-center and speak toward one critical goal—the abolition of violence against women? Observing that there is an increase of scholarship in relation to official programs, legal responses, community-based participatory research, and theoretical frameworks within the social science disciplines, we invite papers for this Special Issue to enhance learning about the enduring need for, and attempts to achieve, gender fairness as we endeavor to eradicate the objectification of, and assault on, many women in societies. Papers in the Special Issue will examine modern and other revolutionary responses to violence against women by scholars in the discipline. Challenges to rape culture and sexual violence are welcomed as topics to address, as are those relating to domestic violence, stalking, and other gender-based systems of harassment. We also invite papers that focus on the trajectories of difference, including race/ethnicity, (dis)ability, socioeconomic class, nationality, religion, age, and other identity dimensions. Recognizing the significant increase in awareness of gender-based violence against members of the LGBTQ+ community, we also welcome papers addressing this topic, as a gender-based framework will depict this issue’s papers. We invite contributions from scholars working through international contexts, specialized contexts, and across all disciplines. Hence, we encourage papers addressing any of the following:

  • empirical research – contributions from the cross-section of disciplines studying violence against women using both qualitative and quantitative methodology;
  • conceptual pieces exploring different philosophical and theoretical perspectives on violence against women; and
  • activist commentaries/contributions from specialists, community advocates, and other activists about the reparations and forces inherent in collaborations to address violence against women.

Dr. Zina T. McGee
Guest Editor

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  • sexual violence
  • harassment
  • domestic violence
  • identity dimensions of violence
  • race and class variations in violence against women
  • violence against women in LGBT-Q communities
  • international perspectives of violence against women
  • theoretical frameworks relating to violence against women
  • research on violence against women
  • advocacy and policy regarding and violence against women

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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