By Jennifer R. Wies, Hillary J. Haldane
Anthropology on the entrance strains of Gender-Based Violence is a large and obtainable quantity, with a really international method of realizing the lives of front-line staff in women's shelters, anti-violence corporations, and outreach teams. frequently written from a first-person point of view, those essays research govt employees, volunteers, and nongovernmental association staff to give an essential photograph of sensible methods to battling gender-based violence.
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Field Site and the Shelter Environment The HELP shelter is situated on the fringes of downtown Tokyo’s entertainment district, Kabuki-cho, set among flashing neon lights, massage parlors, cabarets, nightclubs, and the merging train lines of one of Tokyo’s largest train and subway terminals, Shinjuku. Approached down a narrow alley crowded with pedestrians, lined by parked cars and motor scooters, a hamburger shop, a noodle shop, and piles of neatly bagged garbage, the five-story concrete shelter building is inconspicuous among the other structures crammed into the densely populated area.
Their initial fears and anxiety over their location and safety, followed by concern over finances, children, personal belongings, and future living arrangements were expressed as rage, shame, guilt, doubt, resentment, and depression. Even the mere adjustment to shelter life involved passing through various mental stages. â•¯. â•¯. they may feel intense doubts, fear, and pain. â•¯. ” Regardless of the cultural setting, the emotions and experiences of shelter clients are similar in theme and pattern.
When sexual behavior is addressed, it is most often romanticized or justified as an individual action apart from the larger society (Lunsing 1999, 176). For the most part, research concerned with violence and sex is limited by the difficulty of collecting data on these often concealed acts. The data are indirect, since researchers rarely observe these behaviors directly. ParÂ�ticiÂ�pant observation, however, can yield extremely rich data. In my research, through shelter interviews, informal conversations, and daily interactions with shelter clients and staff, I collected numerous stories of shelter clients with similar scenarios of abuse, violence, and exploitation.
Anthropology at the Front Lines of Gender-Based Violence by Jennifer R. Wies, Hillary J. Haldane