Women, Ideology and Violence
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 192
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
Cheryl Anderson examines the laws relating to women that are found in the Book of the Covenant and the Deuteronomic law. She argues that the laws can be divided into those that treat women similarly to men (defined as 'inclusive' laws) and those that treat women differently ('exclusive' laws). She then suggests that the exclusive laws, which construct gender as male dominance/female subordination, do not just describe violence against women but are inherently violent toward women. As a non-historical critique of ideology, critical theory is used to offer analytical insights that have significant implications for understanding gender constructions in both ancient and contemporary settings.
"Thought-provoking, provocative, and inspiring" Ilona Rashkow, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Women's Studies and Comparative Literature, The State University of New York "I am very grateful for the strong stand that Anderson takes on violence against women, and the fact that she does not excuse the biblical text, try to redeem it, or see it as redemptive in some way. She does this in a nuanced way that does not simply victimize women..." Erin Runions, Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, St. Bonaventure University, New York"