Journal article

“My Husband Has to Stop Beating Me and I Shouldn’t Go to the Police”: Family Meetings, Patriarchal Bargains, and Marital Violence in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

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Publication Details

Author list: Moore E

Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)

Publication year: 2020

Journal: Violence Against Women

Volume number: 26

Issue number: 6-7

Start page: 675

End page: 696

Total number of pages: 22

ISSN: 1077-8012

eISSN: 1552-8448


This article examines how women in South Africa, in challenging marital violence, navigate relations of patriarchal domination through appeals to the state, familial channels, or a combination of both. Using Kandiyoti’s concept of “patriarchal bargains,” the article describes how women during family meetings draw upon the state to challenge patriarchy within intimate partnerships and reassert control within their marriages. However, by drawing on the state for support, women have to navigate the patriarchal domination at the macro level as the state continues to act as an oppressive entity, particularly as it continues to constrain women’s access to justice.


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