Leaving Home: Safer Spaces Beyond the Neoliberal Family

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Shaw, D. 2022. Leaving Home: Safer Spaces Beyond the Neoliberal Family. in: Ellis, D. and Voela, A. (ed.) After Lockdown, Opening Up: Psychosocial Transformation in the Wake of COVID-19 Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 193-217
AuthorsShaw, D.
EditorsEllis, D. and Voela, A.
Abstract

The instruction to #StayHomeStaySafe during the Covid crisis was for many women and girls as much a threat to life as the virus itself. Domestic violence not only escalated during lockdown but the routes to safety that many had come to rely on were no longer available. This chapter argues that the rupture created by Covid-19 offers a space in which we can radically re-evaluate how we understand the relationship between gender, violence and concepts like ‘home’ and ‘family’. Taking a critical posthumanist approach, Debra Benita Shaw proposes that we need to take into account the symbiotic relationship between bodies and architecture and how the objects that we interact with in everyday life enable a perpetuation of ontological ideals. In this way, she suggests, we can begin to formulate a radical critique of the social structures that make a place for gender based violence to exist.

KeywordsPosthumanism; domestic violence; architecture
Book titleAfter Lockdown, Opening Up: Psychosocial Transformation in the Wake of COVID-19
Page range193-217
Year2022
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
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Online01 Jan 2022
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Deposited14 Dec 2021
SeriesStudies in the Psychosocial
ISBN978-3-030-80277-6
978-3-030-80278-3
ISSN2662-2637
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80278-3_10
Copyright holder© The Author 2021
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