ISBN 9783906927541
Pages 506
Dimensions 224x170mm
Published 2023
Publisher Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Namibia
Format Paperback

Transition Towards Gender Equality

Namibia Between the Empowerment of Women and Violence of Men

by Sonja Gierse-Arsten

Worldwide, Namibia ranks high regarding gender equality. However, many women are intimidated by violence perpetrated by men. This book is based on a social anthropological field research in the small town of Outjo, situated in Northern Central Namibia, over a period of 14 months. Gender is learnt, lived and reproduced in a societal frame. Violence against women, too, is perpetrated by men in a societal context. By using mainly qualitative research methods, Sonja Gierse-Arsten looks at male and female perspectives to reach a holistic understanding and to provide a basis for sustainable changes towards equal gender relations. She traces the transition from a hierarchical gender system during colonial times to the aspired equal gender relations in present Namibia. Current challenges characterised by poverty and great economic inequalities form the framework in which gender is performed and violence perpetrated. This study offers inspirations to re-think gender to reach substantive gender equality and to overcome the normalisation of violence.

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About the Author

Sonja Gierse-Arsten

Sonja Gierse-Arsten started the research within the multidisciplinary research centre ACACIA at the University of Cologne (Germany). She obtained her PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Marburg (Germany) for the thesis which comprises this book.