“Moving On”: Structural Violence and Age(ncy) in Young South Asian Women’s Lifeworlds Post-Family Violence in Aotearoa/New Zealand

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dc.contributor.advisor Molloy, M en
dc.contributor.advisor Herda, P en
dc.contributor.author Fu, Mengzhu en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-24T02:05:48Z en
dc.date.issued 2014 en
dc.identifier.citation 2014 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24637 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract Family violence is a serious social problem across various communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand. This feminist ethnography centres the stories of diasporic South Asian young women living in Aotearoa, their experiences of migration, violence, Shakti refuge life and moving on. Shakti is a feminist organisation that advocates for Asian, Middle Eastern and African women survivors of family violence. I argue that age and immigration status significantly informs relations of power and discrimination, from survivors’ experiences of family violence to their lives after crisis. I assert that feminist intersectionality, the dominant theory for explaining immigrant women’s experiences of domestic violence, is limited and requires theoretical supplementation. I advocate for more analyses of relationships to counter the overemphasis on identities in intersectional understandings of inequality and violence, specifically more attention to generational relationships. Survivors’ agency, mobility and age are foregrounded in this thesis to consider the instability of power relations and possibilities of change. Shakti intervention services provided a transitional space and a key source of support for youth survivors. A sense of communitas was built with other survivors in the refuge like other kinds of rites of passage. Shakti youth survivors continued to struggle with immigration; employment issues; mental health and reflected on feelings of both hope and despair in their lives post-crisis. Their strategies often involve mobility as part of a process of moving on, seeking social connections and places of belonging. They invested in cultural and economic capital to rebuild their lives. Structural violence is deeply intertwined with family violence in survivor’s stories. Feminist politics for liberation and social change need to challenge the entanglement of social hierarchies with political economy Key words: family violence, domestic violence, South Asian women, Aotearoa, New Zealand, youth, diaspora, migration, age, intersectionality, mobility, structural violence, feminist ethnography, gender violence, Shakti, border imperialism, kinship, political economy en
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
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dc.title “Moving On”: Structural Violence and Age(ncy) in Young South Asian Women’s Lifeworlds Post-Family Violence in Aotearoa/New Zealand en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The Author en
pubs.elements-id 476762 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2015-02-24 en


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