Carrigan & Dawson examine representations of femicide legislation in Latin America

May 25, 2020

Femicide, or feminicide as more commonly referred to in some world regions, has become a growing social concern for local, international organizations, and national governments leading to changes in legal and social response. This month, Carrigan and Dawson published research in the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (IJCJSD) to document the way in which the problem of femicide/feminicide has been understood in the Global South. The CSSLRV researchers used Carol Bacchi's (2009) "what's the problem represented to be" approach to examine the implementation of legislation to prevent and punish femicide/feminicide in some Latin American countries beginning in 2007. Their goal was to assess assumptions or concepts that are taken for granted and to uncover what has been silenced through these ‘problem’ representations. Results underscore research and policy priorities for enhancing future legislation development in Latin America and globally. The research was supported by the Canada Research Chair program. Dawson is a former Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Criminal Justice (2008-2018). The IJCJSD is a top-ranked law journal, the only Australian journal to be included in the law category and the only law journal from the Global South ranked as such. The article is open access and can be found at: https://www.crimejusticejournal.com/article/view/1354.