Women and Violent Action

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Seminarraum Geschichte 1 (Main Building)
RC38 Biography and Society (host committee)

Language: English

In sociological studies related to women and violence two main tendencies can be observed: the one that explores exclusively the condition of victim and the other that emphasizes the subordination to a “masculine ethos”, when women are directly engaged in violence.
The aim of this session is to explore other aspects of this phenomenon, trying to provide new elements to understand how and why women are involved in violent actions. In so doing, this session should contribute to fulfil a gap in the international sociological literature that only rarely is dedicated to investigate the participation of women as authors of violent actions.
This session calls for contributions that explore theoretically and empirically biographical experiences of women as actors in violent action. Proposals should be encouraged that discuss historical and biographical developments, as well as interactive mechanisms that are connected to the direct experience and exercise of violence and how gender construction is related in these constellations, and which impact in individual and social violent actions and experiences makes it explicit.
Session Organizers:
Hermilio SANTOS, Universidade Catolica Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and Michaela KOETTIG, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Michaela KOETTIG, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Live Stories Between Self-Sacrifice, Dependency, Overprotection and Neglect
Dominique HEYBERGER, Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen, Germany
The Importance of Violence for Former Female Right-Wing Extremists
Johanna SIGL, Georg-August-University of Goettingen, Germany
Palestinian Women in Haifa – Resistance As Biographical Work
Nicole WITTE, University of Goettingen - Center of Methods in Social Sciences, Germany