Tag Archives: Gender

Asylum, Gendered Harms and Structural Violence

Resisting the Spiral of Silence

At the heart of this book is an aim to address systemic and structural oppressions which facilitate violence against women, but also which socially hinder the wellbeing of people seeking asylum more generally once they have reached relative safety. Ultimately, I am arguing that the British asylum system is structurally harmful in that it is built to regulate, control and dehumanise those who pass through its processes and whose lives depend on its policies.

There is no one aspect that is singularly harmful – not detention, not destitution – but a culmination of procedures which reduce or eradicate autonomy, produce existential banality, and ultimately cause further emotional, physical and relational harms to survivors of violence and persecution. Importantly, many of these processes mirror or are mirrored in the global arena of securitisation and border controls, and expansion rather than reduction is increasingly the main objective of states and nations across the world. Continue reading Asylum, Gendered Harms and Structural Violence

Representations of Drinking Women

Photo: Edwin Land. Republished under a Creative Commons licence.
Photo: Edwin Land. Republished under a Creative Commons licence.

The subject of women’s drinking is often high on the political and media agenda. The majority of mainstream discourse appears to be highly moralistic in tone. Press articles are accompanied by photographs of women, scantily dressed and either slumped with sickness or in aggressive poses. Their situation is often remarked upon as an indicator of the decline in New Zealand’s values and social norms.

Sarah Wright, a Lecturer at VUW’s Institute of Criminology, has regularly examined the relationship between the media and understandings of crime (or, rather, misunderstandings about crime) and the policy implications of these misunderstandings. In this article, recently published in the journal ‘Continuum’, she examines how the NZ media represents women’s drinking and considers the impact of these discursive trends. Continue reading Representations of Drinking Women