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Title:Male Violence against Women in Botswana: A Discussion of Gendered Uncertainties in a Rapidly Changing Environment
Author:Mookodi, Godisang
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:gender relations
assault and battery
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Violence against women
social environment
women's rights
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487419
Abstract:Male violence against women has become commonplace in contemporary Botswana. Analyses of gender-based violence in Botswana indicate that men are acting out their dominance through acts of violence. This dominance is created and reinforced by patriarchal beliefs and practices. The discussions are characterized by notions of female victimhood and universal male dominance. This paper contextualizes male violence against women by examining the role played by economic and social change in the shaping of gender identities and relations. It shows that while contemporary forms of male dominance have resulted from men's privileged access over time to resources such as wages and property, men also face uncertainties of unemployment and reduced social status. It also shows that rather than assuming the role of passive victims, women have developed, and continue to develop, contradictory survival strategies such as cohabitation and sexual relations that not only reinforce notions of male dominance but sometimes also challenge power relations and render some men victims. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]