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Beyond staying and leaving: Battered women's responses to abuse


2006 2006

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Women who are battered by their intimate partners are simultaneously objects of domination and subjects with the ability to act. Rather than conceive subordination and agency as polar opposites, we must understand them as part of a dialectic that is full of contradictions and tensions. The actions of women who are battered reflect both the ways that they are subordinated and the ways that they find to resist that subordination. Thus, they may consent or acquiesce to the control and abuse their partners exert over them in some ways and resist it in others. I argue that women who are battered respond to abuse and control in three ways: by consenting, by acquiescing, and by resisting, and that they often respond with elements of all three simultaneously. I define consent as accepting control or abuse by one's intimate partner, acquiescence as a decision to yield to the batterer despite recognizing his behavior as controlling or abusive, and resistance as active opposition to domination. In this dissertation, based on in-depth interviews with 25 women who were battered by male intimate partners, I analyze the ways access to economic resources, kin and friendship networks, the meaning and practice of mothering, laws, the desire for a relationship, and desire for respect and safety together shape the ways that women respond to abusive partners.

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Subject
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology;
Womens studies
Classification
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Abuse; Agency; Battered women; Women victims
Title
Beyond staying and leaving: Battered women's responses to abuse
Author
Semaan, Ingrid
Number of pages
201
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 67/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542630682
Advisor
Clawson, Dan
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3212751
ProQuest document ID
305306039
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305306039
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