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Recovering trauma: An ethnographic study of women's storytelling within contemporary support group environments


2003 2003

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Using ethnographic methods, this case study explores the ways in which women use the ritual of group storytelling to construct “survivor” identities after experiencing domestic violence. The primary focus of this study is an examination of the interrelationship between Second Wave radical and cultural feminist discourse, gender identity formation and contemporary anti-violence educational and clinical practice. The communication events studied to produce these stories are informal conversations, participant observation of shelter outreach group work and semi-structured interviews. This research project analyzes how women use stories to both comprehend and reconstruct their experiences of domestic violence. In addition, it interrogates how adult women in twenty-first century Northern Colorado combine both feminist and recovery concepts and tropes to trouble normative notions of the ‘victim’ of intimate trauma and in doing so, create more useful and potentially oppositional representations of the adult female self after interpersonal abuse.

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Subject
Communication;
Womens studies;
American studies;
Social work
Classification
0459: Communication
0453: Womens studies
0323: American studies
0452: Social work
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Domestic violence; Storytelling; Support group; Trauma; Women survivors
Title
Recovering trauma: An ethnographic study of women's storytelling within contemporary support group environments
Author
Anderson Delap, Alpha Selene
Number of pages
228
Publication year
2003
Degree date
2003
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 64/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Cooks, Leda
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
3096271
ProQuest document ID
305321237
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305321237
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