In the Name of Violence Against Women

Ticktin Miriam

in Casualties of Care

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520269040
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950535 | DOI:
In the Name of Violence Against Women

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This chapter examines how a regime of care that protects women from violence has come to play a role in the politics of immigration. Compassion is not static; its subjects gradually change to fit new contexts and histories even as they appear to be outside of time, outside of history—as universally and timelessly worthy of benevolence. Its signifiers shift. Here, the chapter looks at how the victim of gender-based violence gradually replaces the sick body in terms of its ability to generate compassion, yet it argues that the actual subject looks very similar, as do the set of institutions that are used to protect him/her. As in the case of illness, where it is not always clear what qualifies as a humanitarian emergency worthy of exception, in this case, it is interested in what is understood as violence, worthy of exception.

Keywords: regime; care; women; violence; politics; immigration; compassion; sick; body; illness

Chapter.  11818 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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