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Gender and Violence in Spanish Culture

From Vulnerability to Accountability


Edited By María José Gámez Fuentes and Rebeca Maseda García

For the true exercise of citizenship to occur, gender violence must be eradicated, as it is not an interpersonal problem, but an attack on the very concept of democracy. Despite increasing social awareness and legal measures taken to fight gender violence, it is still prevalent worldwide. Even in a country such as Spain, praised in the UN Handbook for Legislation on Violence Against Women (2010) for its advanced approach on gender violence, the legal framework has proved insufficient and deeper sociocultural changes are needed. This book presents, in this respect, groundbreaking investigations in the realm of politics, activism, and cultural production that offer both a complex picture of the agents involved in its transformation and a nuanced panorama of initiatives that subvert the normative framework of recognition of victims of gender violence. As a result, the book chapters articulate a construction of the victim as a subject that reflects and acts upon his/her experience and vulnerability, and also adopt perspectives that frame accountability within the representational tradition, the community, and the state.

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Vera Burgos-Hernández is a PhD candidate at Instituto Universitario de Estudios Feministas y de Género Purificación Escribano, Universitat Jaume I (Spain). Her PhD thesis on representations of gender violence in Spanish cinema is to be submitted in 2017. She has participated in several research projects; at present she is part of the R+D project (2016–2018): ‘The Re-signification of the Woman-Victim in Popular Culture: Implications for Representational Innovation in the Construction of Vulnerability and Resistance,’ directed by María José Gámez-Fuentes (Universitat Jaume I). She has been a Spanish Tutor in Languages for All (University of Edinburgh) and, more recently, a Spanish Teaching Assistant in University of Stirling.

María Castejón Leorza is a researcher, writer, theorist, and teacher. A PhD historian, she is a specialist in audiovisual representations of gender and women’s history. She has been codirector and programmer of the Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona (Pamplona Film and Women International Festival). She is also member of the editorial staff of Pikara Magazine where she writes about films in her film reviews’ section: #pikagramas. She has published a number of articles about film and gender in collective books and national and international journals and magazines. She is the author of the books Fotogramas de género. Representación de feminidades y masculinidades en el cine español (1977–1989) (Siníndice, 2013), and Más fotogramas de género. Representación de feminidades y masculinidades en...

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