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Symbolic Violence in the Postcolonial Anglo-Caribbean

Shelene Gomes () and Amílcar Sanatan ()
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Shelene Gomes: The University of the West Indies
Amílcar Sanatan: The University of the West Indies

Chapter Chapter 3 in Gender and Domestic Violence in the Caribbean, 2021, pp 23-38 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract At the everyday level, violence is thought of as an immediate, physical attack with visible consequences. In this chapter we advocate for a broader view of domestic violence that considers the long-term, institutionalized, and naturalized forms of Caribbean patriarchal capitalism that are often less than visible, but integral to what we call symbolic violence. We draw upon analysis of gender-based violence, which disproportionately affect women globally. Despite the progressive legislation adopted regarding domestic violence, it continues. We take the case of Trinidad and Tobago to discuss the structural aspects of gender-based violence. We argue that understanding domestic violence as a visible manifestation of symbolic power (Bourdieu, Critique of Anthropology 4:77–85, 1979) helps to elucidate its persistence in the postcolonial Anglo-Caribbean.

Keywords: Gender-based violence; Patriarchy; Naturalization; History; Symbolic power (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-73472-5_3

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