Feminist Responses to Injustices of the State and its Institutions

Politics, Intervention, Resistance

Edited by Kym Atkinson, Una Barr, Helen Monk and Katie Tucker

Published

Nov 17, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529207286

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 17, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529207323

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Feminist Responses to Injustices of the State and its Institutions

From the denial of abortion rights in Ireland to sexual violence against British South Asian women in England, the state and its institutions continue to fail women. This book offers a counter narrative to contemporary injustices and a persistent culture of victim-blaming.

The academic and activist contributions to this collection explore contemporary research areas and pursue new discursive directions in order to present a feminist criminology, built on feminist praxis, for the twenty-first century.

Providing a direct challenge to regressive and ineffective theory, policy and practice, this book resists the politics of gendered victimisation through extending feminist analyses of the state and documenting interventions into contemporary injustices.

Kym Atkinson is Lecturer in Criminology and Human Rights at Sheffield Hallam University.

Úna Barr is Lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University.

Helen Monk is Lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University.

Katie Tucker is Associate Lecturer at the Open University.

Part 1: Feminist Epistemology

1. Introduction: Denying Oppression a Future: Gender, the State and Feminist Praxis – Kym Atkinson, Úna Barr and Helen Monk

2. Denying Violence Against Women a Future: Feminist Epistemology and the Struggle for Social Justice – Anette Ballinger

Part 2: State Practice and Feminist Praxis

3. State (In)action and Feminist Resistance to the Denial of Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland – Maev McDaid and Brian Christopher Nelis

4. At the Limits of ‘Acceptable’ Speech: A Feminist Analysis of Official Discourse on Child Sexual Abuse – Katie Tucker

5. Universities, Sexual Violence and the Institutional Operation of Power – Kym Atkinson

6. Gender, Policing and Social Order: Restating the Case for a Feminist Analysis of Policing – Will Jackson and Helen Monk

7. Sanctuary as Social Justice: A Feminist Critique – Vicky Canning

Part 3: The Criminal Justice System and Feminist Praxis

8. Constructing a Feminist Desistance: Resisting Responsibilisation – Úna Barr and Emily Luise Hart

9. Improving Police Responses to Sexual Abuse Offences Against British South Asian Women – Aisha K. Gill

10. Traumatising the Traumatised: Self-Harm and Death in Women’s Prisons in England and Wales – Kym Atkinson, Helen Monk and Joe Sim

11. Sensing Injustice? Defences to Murder – Adrian Howe

12. An Anti-Carceral Feminist Response to Youth Justice Involved Girls – Jodie Hodgson

Afterword – Pragna Patel