Boom, Bust, and Beating

Jacqui True

in The Political Economy of Violence against Women

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755929
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979516 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations

Boom, Bust, and Beating

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Chapter 6 examines how the liberalization of the global financial system, particularly international development loans, and the collapse of credit in the United States and Europe, which brought about the global financial crisis in 2007, have accentuated women's poverty and inequality, further exacerbating sexual and gender-based violence. This chapter consists of two main parts. The first part examines the practices of international financial institutions and their development lending as part of the problem rather than the solution to ending violence against women. High levels of domestic violence have been reported in the wake of the financial crisis in many countries as the crisis spills over into housing mortgage foreclosures, job losses, stress, and poverty. The second part analyzes the neoliberal financial logic of boom and bust and how these economic cycles affect gendered relations in societies facing economic crisis and escalate the risk factors for heightened violence against women.

Keywords: finance; neoliberal policies; international financial institutions; global financial crisis

Chapter.  7228 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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