Edited By Adela Elena Popa, Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Tomas Butvilas
Perceptions of Female Prisoners of Violence Against Women
Introduction Based on the feminist argument claiming that gender based violence is a socially constructed concept which has been reproduced in traditional patriarchal socie- ties, the aim of this study is to understand the violence against women as seen through the eyes of female prisoners. Understanding female prisoners’ perspec- tives on gender based violence is important in analysing violence against women, as they somehow ‘violated’ their gender roles by committing a crime and are thus different from women outside of the prison. Besides, in spite of a large number of studies conducted primarily on violence against women outside the prison, in Turkey, there is a lack of research question- ing female prisoners’ perspectives on violence. Furthermore, the few studies on female criminality have focused rather on female prisoners’ demographic charac- teristics and socio-cultural and economic factors pushing them into crime instead of analysing their attitudes toward different social aspects. The aim of the study is to fill in these mentioned gaps in the literature. For this purpose, a field study was conducted in Ankara Sincan Women’s Closed Prison by distributing a questionnaire to 134 female prisoners out of total 287 prisoners. Literature Review The major contribution of feminism to defining violence is its assertion that violence is gendered. This means that there is a clear gender difference between those who commit violence and those who are exposed to it (Price, 2005: 11). Feminist approaches to women’s battering have also asserted that battering must be understood within the larger context of...
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