Why Women are Beaten and Killed. Sociological Predictors of Femicide

Author: Della Giustina , Jo-Ann
Year:2010
Pages:204
ISBN:0-7734-3607-3
978-0-7734-3607-7
Price:179.95
This study explores the patterns of femicide in 106 medium and large U.S. cities through the examination of the inequalities of race, gender, and economics.

Author's Abstract
The higher women climb in society, the more likely a woman will become a victim of fatal violence against women (femicide). This study explores the patterns of femicide in medium and large U.S. cities through the examination of the macro-structural inequalities of race, gender, and poverty, which contribute to femicide rates. Using path analysis, this study shows a complex view of femicide grounded in the feminist intersectionality perspective that women’s lives are shaped by the interlocking oppressions of gender, race, and class. The results describe how intersectional discrimination predicts high femicide rates for both black women and white women, but when gender, race, and class are examined separately, there are significant differences. As women gain gendered status, both black women and white women are more likely to be murdered, which can be explained by a backlash against the advances women have made in society. Moreover, black women are more likely to be murdered in a city with greater racial discrimination and white women are more likely to be murdered in a city with a lower economic status than other cities.

Reviews

“Jo-Ann Della Giustina’s research on femicide has broken new ground. . . . As a teacher and researcher myself, I found the theoretical explanations and the comprehensive survey of prior research to be an added bonus, and particularly useful.”

-Prof. Susan Toni Krumholz
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

"This work contributes to a small but evolving literature of recent empirical studies of both lethal and nonlethal violence nested within key neighborhood characteristics, such as poverty, ethnic heterogeneity, and collective efficacy. Della Giustina examines backlash against women’s attainments as highly predictive of homicide and violence risk. Della Giustina unpacks the multiple, cumulative, reciprocal social interactions that co-create fatal violence against women. Through the methodology of multi-variate regressive path analyses, Della Giustina interrogates macro-level processes such as urbanization, gender and race composition nested within inequalities of race, gender, and economics that influence women’s life chances in 106 cities in the US."

Prof. Christina Pratt
Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts



From the Foreword:
“Della Giustina’s contribution lies in both methodological and empirical arenas. . . Della Giustina provides the reader with a primer for how to do a meaningful research project that has impact in both the academic world and the daily lives of women who are being threatened”

­-Prof. Natalie J. Sokoloff
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, C.U.N.Y.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Violence Against Women
Chapter Three: Theoretical approaches
Chapter Four: Studies of Violence Against Women
Chapter Five: Methodology
Chapter Six: Results
Chapter Seven: Discussion
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