Beyond agency and passivity: situating a gendered articulation of urban violence in Brazil and El Salvador

Hume, M. and Wilding, P. (2020) Beyond agency and passivity: situating a gendered articulation of urban violence in Brazil and El Salvador. Urban Studies, 57(2), pp. 249-266. (doi: 10.1177/0042098019829391)

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This paper argues for a situated politics of women’s agency in enduring intimate partner violence (IPV) in contexts of extreme urban violence. We contend that interrogating agency as dynamic and lived facilitates an acknowledgement of the multi-scalar entanglements of violence across urban spaces. Recognising the complexities in human agency holds the potential for a radical gendered urban politics to emerge whereby people are neither simplistically victims nor pawns of violent processes, but located within dynamic ‘webs of social relations’ (Cumbers A, Helms G and Swanson K (2010) Class, agency and resistance in the old industrial city. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 42(1): 54). Drawing on feminist theory, our conceptualisation of agency serves as a lens through which we can examine the dynamic and gendered nature of urban violence as rooted in multiple social relations (McNay L (2010) Feminism and post-identity politics: The problem of agency. Constellations 17(4): 512–525). The paper draws on research in the urban peripheries of Rio de Janiero and San Salvador.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hume, Professor Mo
Authors: Hume, M., and Wilding, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Urban Studies
ISSN (Online):1360-063X
Published Online:28 March 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Urban Studies Journal Limited 2019
First Published:First published in Urban Studies 57(2):249-266
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
678911Research in El Salvador on What women actually do: analysing women's responses to violence in El SalvadorP HumeThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (CARNEGTR)31866SPS - POLITICS
704151ESRC-IAA: Preventing Gender Violence: Lessons on Impact from Central AmericaP HumeEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)N/ASPS - POLITICS