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Resistance, rupture and repetition: Civil society strategies against intimate partner violence in Cambodia

Journal article
Authors Mona Lilja
Mikael Baaz
Published in Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice
Volume 11
Issue 1-2
Pages 95-107
ISSN 1744-1692
Publication year 2016
Published at School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
Department of Law
School of Global Studies, Asian Studies
Pages 95-107
Language en
Keywords Cambodia, intimate partner violence, repetition, resistance, rupture
Subject categories Other Social Sciences


This paper offers a new interpretation of the ‘resistance’ carried out by local civil society organisations in Cambodia against intimate partner violence (IPV). In this, the paper explores the nexus between ‘rupture’, ‘resistance’ and ‘repetition’ and concludes that different ‘repetitions’ can contribute to acts of violence while simultaneously creating possibilities for resisting IPV. In regard to the latter, the concept of ‘rupture’ is investigated as a performative politics through which organisations try to disrupt the ‘repetitions’ of violent masculinities. Furthermore, it is argued that the importance of ‘repetitions’ and the concept of time should be acknowledged. The French criminal defence lawyer Jacques Vergès’ understanding of ‘rupture’ and the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s notions of ‘repetition’ inform the analysis. To exemplify our discussion and findings, the paper embraces stories of a number of civil society workers who facilitate various men’s groups in Cambodia in order to negotiate the practice of IPV.

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