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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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Within this violent world, this project was born out of a somewhat love story between the editors. Time, circumstance and determination prompted this serendipitous collaboration, for which we can only be but thankful.

This book is associated with two research projects: ‘The re-signification of woman as victim in popular culture: implications towards representational innovation in the c+onstruction of vulnerability and resistance/La re-significación de la mujer-víctima en la cultura popular: implicaciones para la innovación representacional en la construcción de la vulnerabilidad y la resistencia’ (FEM2015-65834-C2-2-P, MINECO-FEDER), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity; and the Project ‘Ethical witnessing and communication towards change: analysis of ways to re-signify the figure of the victim and re-situate social agents/Testimonio ético y comunicación para el cambio: análisis de modos de re-significación de la figura de la víctima y de re-situación de los agentes sociales’ (P1.1B2015-21), funded by the Research Programme of Universitat Jaume I (Castellón, Spain).

The editors would like to express their appreciation to the contributors to this volume for their commitment to the project. Our deepest gratitude goes to Emma Gómez Nicolau and Sarah Leggott for their willingness to work against the clock, and doing it with such grace and professionalism.

We are especially indebted to Athena Athanasiou, Chris Perriam, Duncan Wheeler, Santiago Fouz-Hernández, and Agustín Rico-Albero for endorsing this work, and to Judith Butler’s ouvre for providing us with...

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