May 19, 2010

Professor Katalin Fabian Publishes New Book on Domestic Violence in Post-Communist Europe

An expert on women’s activism in Europe, she involved three students in her research

Katalin Fabian, associate professor of government and law, is the editor of Domestic Violence in Postcommunist States: Local Activism, National Policies, and Global Forces, to be published in July by Indiana University Press.

The book discusses how, in post-Communist European countries, domestic violence emerged as a new term and a significant public policy issue. It also discusses the influence of women’s groups, human rights activists, and other non-governmental and international organizations on domestic violence in those regions. It examines the development of state policies, changes in public perceptions, and the interaction of national and international politics, and explains how cultural differences affect the way that different countries address domestic violence.

“Our findings part overlap with and part contradict previous scholarship on domestic violence. The essays in this volume all highlight the increasing interactions between global and local forces regarding the development of anti-domestic violence advocacy and the resulting national policies,” Fabian says.

Along with Fabian, the 10 contributors represent American and European colleges, universities, and government agencies in the fields of anthropology, political science, sociology, and women’s studies.

Fabian involved three student researchers in the book’s production through the EXCEL Scholars program: Raquel Aledo ’10 (Princeton, N.J.), a double major in French and international affairs; Blagovest Baychev ’12 (Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria), and economics and business major; and Eva Neykova ’10 (Sofia, Bulgaria), an international affairs major. Fabian also thanks Mercedes Benitez Sharpless, former Kirby Librarian, for her assistance.

Fabian is the author of Contemporary Women’s Movements in Hungary: Globalization, Democracy, and Gender Equality (2009) and the editor of Globalization: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe (2007), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters about women’s issues and other social issues in central and eastern Europe.

Fabian has received many honors, awards, and prizes, including grants from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the Ford Foundation. Lafayette presented her with the Student Government Superior Teaching Award in 2004.

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