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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Violence Against Women in Legally Plural Settings: Experiences and Lessons from the Andes

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ISBN13: 9781138936690
Published: November 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

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This book addresses a growing area of concern for scholars and development practitioners: discriminatory gender norms in legally plural settings. Focusing specifically on indigenous women, this book analyzes how they, often in alliance with supporters and allies, have sought to improve their access to justice.

Development practitioners working in the field of access to justice have tended to conceive indigenous legal systems as either inherently incompatible with women’s rights or, alternatively, they have emphasized customary law’s advantageous features, such as its greater accessibility, familiarity and effectiveness. Against this background – and based on a comparison of six thus far underexplored initiatives of legal and institutional change in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia – Anna Barrera provides a more nuanced, ethnographic, understanding of how women navigate through context-specific constellations of inter-legality in their search for justice. In so doing, moreover, her account of ongoing political debates and local struggles for gender justice grounds the elaboration of a comprehensive conceptual framework for understanding the legally plural dynamics involved in the contestation of discriminatory gender norms.

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Law and Society
1. Introduction: Violence against women in legally plural settings
2. Theoretical approaches to legal and institutional change
3. "Many women hadn’t even thought about what it means to be a woman": La Calera and San Francisco de la Rinconada, Ecuador
4. "As if I was sleeping, and then I woke up!": Chacabamba and Tungasuca, Peru
5. "Sometimes we as women undervalue ourselves": Mojocoya and Tarabuco, Bolivia
6. Conclusions and Implications