Hidden Brutality in the Lives of Women
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: State University of New York Press
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In the course of research, I have been inspired over and over again by the courage, intelligence, and fortitude of many women, especially survivors of violence. I have learned enormously from their thinking and analyses. This book is built on the insights and experiences of activists and advocates in the struggle to stop violence...
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Let’s start with a room. It is small and closed—the size of a broom closet. In front of me is a thick plate of glass. The walls are white cinder block. The carpet is worn. I wait in a cheap plastic chair. I am in the visiting room at a county jail in upstate New York. In collaboration with the NAACP, I am interviewing...
Chapter One: The Power and Control Wheel: From Critical Pedagogy to Homogenizing Model
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In this chapter, I examine the social history of one of the most important tools used by the movement to stop violence against women. The tool, or model, is called the “Power and Control Wheel.” Activists and advocates at the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (hereafter the Duluth Project) devised the...
Chapter Two: Difficult Maneuvers: Stopping Violence against Latina Immigrants in the United States
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I am interviewing a well-known local Latina advocate in a spacious, modestly furnished office in a community center on the South Side of Chicago. I met Juana Liliana1 as I was doing popular education in Chicago with other members of the Escuela Popular Norteña, a center for popular education, and collaborating with...
Chapter Three: Speech at the Margins: Women in Prostitution and the Counterpublic Sphere
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Depending on how they are socially positioned, different women face distinct forms of manipulation and coercion. In the epigraph for this chapter, the narrator, the wife, and the actors in the pornographic film encounter varying shades, forms, and tonalities of power and violence against them. Among other things, they...
Chapter Four: Homophobia, Structural Violence, and Coalition Building
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In this chapter, I argue that one of the problems with seeing violence against women as “domestic violence” is its implicitly heterosexual frame of reference. Such a frame obscures institutionalized homophobia. I focus on how to view violence against women while calling that domestic heteronormative frame...
Chapter Five: Spaces of Judgment and Judgments of Space: Competing Logics of Violence in Court
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In the previous three chapters, I examined the experiences of women who face violence but are marginalized by mainstream discourse and institutions that respond to violence. In this chapter, I will examine how state power is directly implicated in hiding, flattening, and homogenizing difference in experiences of...
Chapter Six: “Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?”
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In the previous chapters, drawing on interviews with activists, the insights of women of color and women involved the criminal justice system, I argued that violence against women is not and should not be treated as a monolithic phenomenon: different women face different forms of violence. The violence...
Chapter Seven: Tentative Conclusions and Small-Scale Solutions
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An immigrant to the United States told me she awoke one night to the sounds of someone trying to gain entry to her apartment through the back door. She was scared and alone, so she called several friends. “The next day,” she remarked to me a bit sardonically, “I learned I was supposed to call 911.” Part of becoming...
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2012