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Women's Voices from the Margins

Diaries from Kibera, Kenya

Elizabeth Swart (author)

ISBN: 9780889615885

Publication Date: May 2017

Format: Paperback

Drawing on the diary entries of twenty young women living in Kibera, a large slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya, Women's Voices from the Margins is an in-depth investigation into women's experiences of gender-based violence in the Global South. Elizabeth Swart employs relevant theory and feminist scholarship to ground her analysis in the broader context of globalization, while also attending to the specific responses and strategies used by these diarists to cope with gender-based violence.

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Drawing on the diary entries of twenty young women living in Kibera, a large slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya, Women's Voices from the Margins is an in-depth investigation into women's experiences of gender-based violence in the Global South. Elizabeth Swart employs relevant theory and feminist scholarship to ground her analysis in the broader context of globalization, while also attending to the specific responses and strategies used by these diarists to cope with gender-based violence.

Highlighting the implications of this qualitative study for policy practice and future research, this text considers the critical possibilities of localized interventions and is a valuable resource for students interested in women and violence, international social work, and women in the developing world.
Language English
Pages 250
Dimensions 248 x 171 x 13
Date Published 30 May 2017
Publisher Canadian Scholars' Press
Subject/s Gender studies: women  
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Part One: The Place
  • Chapter 1: Kenya and Gender
  • Chapter 2: Kibera in the 21st Century
  • Chapter 3: Ethnographic Reflections and Decolonization
  • Part Two: The Diaries
  • Chapter 4: Working with Diaries as Texts
  • Chapter 5: Hoping God Agrees
  • Chapter 6: Escape
  • Chapter 7: Betting Against the House
  • Chapter 8: Gender and Political Violence in Kibera
  • Part Three: The Implications
  • Chapter 9: Learning from the Diary Data
  • Chapter 10: Learning from the Survey Data
  • Chapter 11: Moving Forward
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix
  • Maps
  • References
Elizabeth Swart is an Adjunct Lecturer of Social Work at theUniversity of Southern California.

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