Joel Quirk is a professor of politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is the author or coeditor of seven books and special journal issues and is a founding editor of Open Democracy’s Beyond Trafficking and Slavery. His work focuses on enslavement and abolition, work and mobility, social movements, gender and violence, historical repair, and the history and politics of Africa.
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This book contributes to an increasingly significant interdisciplinary field that focuses on ethics, methods, and the politics of gender-based violence. Its contributors, the majority of whom are based in Africa, offer concrete examples of how to undertake responsible research in African contexts. Their close and careful analyses of gender, violence, and patriarchy provide an important corrective to simplistic and reductionist gender-based studies.