Assault on self: intimate partner abuse and the contestation of identity

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2011) Assault on self: intimate partner abuse and the contestation of identity. Symbolic Interaction, 34 (1). pp. 108-127. ISSN 0195-6086

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/si.2011.34.1.108

Abstract

The complexities of intimate partner abuse and violence have been studied from a range of theoretical, conceptual, and methodological perspectives. It is argued here that symbolic interactionist analyses offer specific and powerful insights into this particular interactional domain.
This article is based on data generated by a topical life-history case study of a well-educated, middle-class, middle-aged man, whose wife subjected him to sustained unilateral violence and abuse, resulting in deleterious consequences for his health and well-being. Data were
gathered via a series of in-depth interviews and a personal diary. The analysis draws on Goffman’s conceptualization of “possessional territory” as one of the “territories of the self,” in order to examine the role of
possessions in the interactional routines of intimate partner abuse.

Key words: intimate partner abuse, domestic violence, abused men, possessional territory, Erving Goffman

Item Type:Article
Keywords:intimate partner abuse, Domestic violence, abused men, possessional territory, symbolic interactionism, bmjdoi
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6210
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Deposited On:21 Sep 2012 11:55
Last Modified:04 Feb 2014 15:58

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