In often mundane but sometimes quite obvious ways, persons belonging to groups routinely threatened with harm on the basis of gender and sexuality suffer restrictions to choice and action, impairing autonomy. Gender Violence: Resistance, Resilience, and Autonomy shows that resistance to, and cultivating resiliency within, a culture of gender violence is key to fostering autonomy.
Building on decades of research philosophically interrogating autonomy and its limits, and with a martial arts background spanning over twenty-five years, Professor Burrow develops a novel approach to autonomy development under everyday threats of violence. Appealing to empirical research to ground its philosophical analysis, the theory presented in this book establishes that cultivating self-confidence through self-defense training is a significant strategy contributing to resistance and resilience under threats of violence and hence, autonomy development.
Sylvia Jane Burrow is associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Humanities at Cape Breton University and adjunct professor in the faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Threat of Gender Violence
Chapter 2: Autonomy
Chapter 3: Responsibility, Resistance, and Resilience
Chapter 4: Self-Protection, Autonomy, and Self-Defense
Chapter 5: Doubting Self-Defense
Gender Violence explores the myths and realities of the threat of gender-based violence and active forms of resistance to it…. [Burrow] advocates specifically for martial arts and self-defense programs rooted in feminist frameworks. These are the most successful because they resist rape culture while increasing the capacities of women and other people with marginalized identities who face high risk for sexual violence. This book is a must-read for anyone working at the intersections of gender-based violence prevention and somatic practice.Essential. All levels.
12/22/22, Choice Reviews: This book was highlighted as a top community college title.