Department of Anthropology

Karin Friederic: "La Violencia Adentro (Violence in the Interior): Gender Violence, Human Rights and Governance in Coastal Ecuador"

Tue, February 25, 2014 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Karin Friederic:

In the Ecuadorian public imaginary, Manaba men are characterized for their aggressive masculinity, robust and primitive sexuality, and their proclivity for resolving conflict with violence. Violence against women is common, in part because of its long-perceived legitimacy and the historical absence of the state in rural coastal Ecuador. However, patterns of violence and gender relations have been unsettled since 2000, when NGOs began conducting workshops on women’s rights and families gained improved access to state-based judicial services. In this talk, Dr. Friederic draws on more than a decade of research to examine this changing social and political landscape. She details how human rights are mediated through locally specific and historically informed gender norms, how rights discourses and institutions alter experiences of violence, and how they reflect broader tensions about community, state, and transnational governance.


Karin Friederic is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wake Forest University. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in 2011.  A cultural anthropologist, Karin specializes in gender, sexuality, violence, human rights, development, and global health. Her most recent research examines how ideas about human rights are changing both women and men’s experiences of and responses to intimate partner violence in rural Ecuador. Through her nonprofit organization, The Minga Foundation, she has worked with Ecuadorian communities in their efforts to obtain quality healthcare for over ten years.


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