Caterina Peroni

From another place: feminist perspectives on the effects of the pandemics on gender-based violence

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Keywords: Covid-19, Gender-Based Violence, Feminist Criminology, Anti-Violence Centers.

In this contribution, drawing on Sandra Walklate’s methodological and epistemological reflections on “lessons from the global pandemic for criminologyµ and analyses of the gendered impacts of health crises in recent years, I argue for the importance of adopting a feminist perspective in the criminological analysis of pandemic effects on gender-based violence. Unlike the emergency, gender-neutral approaches used by positivist malestream criminology, feminist perspectives are characterized by an experience-based reflexive methodology and a policy approach aimed at social and cultural change. “From this placeµ, feminist researchers and practitioners have been able to interpret the relationship between pandemic and increased violence as “internality,µ unraveling the links between pre-existing structural inequalities and violence, and producing knowledge, practices, and recommendations aimed at structural change

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