Sunday, March 8, 2009
AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT ADDITION to the scholarly discourse around women's use of violence in abusive relationships. . . . EXTREMELY WELL WRITTEN AND THOUGHTFUL about the issues rather than polemic. . . . A particularly outstanding chapter is the thought-provoking, in-depth analysis of black battered women arrested for IPV by Carolyn West. This wonderful addition uses a combination of literature review and case study to present the many complexities and challenges for African American abused women and makes the reader think beyond statistics and dichotomies. Placing violent and other behavior used by women in abusive relationships in the context of resistance and making the reader think hard about what it means for intervention and policy is the major accomplishment of this compilation. -- Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Anna D. Wolf Chair, Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
STUDENTS AND FACULTY ALIKE WILL FIND THIS BOOK TO BE A VALUABLE RESOURCE, one that will be widely read and cited by leading experts in the field for years to come. All of the chapters . . . are equally important and compel us to develop new empirical and theoretical means of understanding one of the world's most significant social problems. Still, this collection is much more than an academic enterprise. . . . Will also help progressive scholars, activists, and practitioners challenge highly problematic claims such as 'women are as violent as men.' As a feminist scholar and activist, I commend the editors and contributors for providing us with AN IMPORTANT TOOL that can be used to help counter the ever changing and ongoing anti-feminist backlash that contributes too much pain in suffering. -- Walter S. DeKeseredy, PhD, Professor of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Backs Against the Wall: Battered Women's Resistance Strategies" tackles several controversial aspects involved with intimate partner violence (IPV) - namely the approaches many victims use when resisting their oppressors. This sensitive and sensible feminist perspective concerning battered women's use of different resistance strategies, and the reasons why they use them, also focuses on ways to support victims through intervention and prevention strategies. Leading experts provide current research, revealing viewpoints, and convincing assertions about the victims of IPV.This book powerfully refutes the sweeping assertions made by today's antifeminist-based mindset that women are as violent as men in cases of IPV perpetration. This insightful source provides strong evidence of the different resistance strategies that battered women use in response to multiple oppressions, including IPV, in the case against the gender parity argument - that may very well be politically motivated. The text provides extensive references and several figures and tables to clearly present data. This book is a valuable resource for activists, educators, students, health providers, justice system workers, advocates, and researchers. This book was published as a special issue of the "Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma".
Backs Against the Wall: Battered Women's Resistance Strategies
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