Ordinary Violence
Everyday Assaults against Women Worldwide, 2nd Edition
by Mary White Stewart, PhD
January 2014, 488pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-2937-6
$95, £74, 83€, A131
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-2938-3
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Many societies ignore or condone appalling acts of violence against women.

Addresses the many forms of global violence against women and shows how the psychology of individuals, institutions, and societies perpetuate the oppression of women.

In this eye-opening study, the author asserts that institutionalized definitions of masculinity and femininity, along with the social and economic inequality among the sexes, help perpetuate the daily and deadly violence against women all across the world. This second edition of a classic work examines the latest discussions on gender relations, including the current debate over whether prostitution and pornography should be deemed inherently violent and the role of western countries in the global response to violence against women.


  • Contains the most recent research on trafficking, mail order brides, and comfort women
  • Explains the roles of power, inequality, and gender hierarchy in violence against women
  • Examines the belief system behind institutionalized violence, including such acts as honor crimes and dowry deaths
  • Links current forms of violence with relics of the past—foot binding, comfort women, and charity girls
Mary White Stewart, PhD, is professor of sociology and director of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies at the University of Nevada. Her published works include Praeger's Silicone Spills: Breast Implants on Trial and Portraits of Change: Unparalleled Freedoms, Unanticipated Consequences. She holds a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Nevada.
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