Book Project -- The Violence of Human Rights: Intimate Partners, Gender Violence, and Development Politics in Coastal Ecuador
My research examines the effects of human rights discourse on social relations and family violence over a twelve-year period. Specifically, my book project provides an in-depth understanding of how increasing awareness of women’s rights has affected local perceptions and experiences of, as well as responses to, intimate partner violence, and how this affects global health more broadly. Theoretically, I utilize the lens of historical political economy to describe the political, economic and social processes that underpin gender norms and help produce and normalize a so-called culture of gendered violence in a rural frontier zone of coastal Ecuador. My book "The Violence of Human Rights" provides a unique, intimate portrayal of the effects of gender violence and social suffering on families, while utilizing historical and transnational analysis to examine the contradictory effects of global rights-discourse and development on local subjectivities and practices.
My dissertation was supported by a P.E.O. Scholars Award and a Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Writing Fellowship, an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant and a Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.
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