Monday, June 11, 2018
Aparna Polavarapu (University of South Carolina - School of Law) has posted Global Carceral Feminism and Domestic Violence: What the West Can Learn from Reconciliation in Uganda (Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Policies and laws emphasizing criminal justice have dominated domestic violence interventions, in the United States and globally, for decades. The feminist advocacy promoting the criminal justice approach is referred to by critics as “carceral feminism.” Western influence in the international human rights movement has spurred the spread of carceral feminism around the world, seeing it as the key means for addressing violence against women. However, the carceral approach is now criticized for failing to help, and sometimes outright harming, its supposed beneficiaries. In place of carceral policies, advocates have begun to push for community-based restorative and transformative justice alternatives to prosecution. This article examines Uganda’s use of reconciliation, a restorative justice mechanism, to respond to and prevent domestic violence in the community.