Reading the signs: a personal (forbidden) narrative of intimate partner abuse

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2008) Reading the signs: a personal (forbidden) narrative of intimate partner abuse. In: Auto/Biography Yearbook 2007. Clio Publishing, Southampton. ISBN 0955698324

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Abstract

A developing body of research focuses on the perpetration of intimate partner abuse and violence by women against male victims, although to-date very little qualitative research has been undertaken in this area. Such research, it is argued, is needed in order to gain more detailed and accurate understandings of the complexities and meanings surrounding intimate partner abuse and violence, including gendered elements, and the interactional milieux in which they occur. Using a symbolic interactionist lens and adopting Goffman’s conceptual device of territories of the self and their potential contamination, this chapter
focuses on the thematic analysis of a male victim’s narrative of intimate abuse, as recounted in his personal diary written during the final two years of a long-term abusive relationship,and in a series of in-depth interviews undertaken after he left that relationship. Some
of the methodological issues involved in undertaking research on a highly sensitive and emotionally-charged topic are also addressed.

Keywords: domestic violence, female violence, male victims, battered men, female perpetrators.

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Additional Information:A developing body of research focuses on the perpetration of intimate partner abuse and violence by women against male victims, although to-date very little qualitative research has been undertaken in this area. Such research, it is argued, is needed in order to gain more detailed and accurate understandings of the complexities and meanings surrounding intimate partner abuse and violence, including gendered elements, and the interactional milieux in which they occur. Using a symbolic interactionist lens and adopting Goffman’s conceptual device of territories of the self and their potential contamination, this chapter focuses on the thematic analysis of a male victim’s narrative of intimate abuse, as recounted in his personal diary written during the final two years of a long-term abusive relationship,and in a series of in-depth interviews undertaken after he left that relationship. Some of the methodological issues involved in undertaking research on a highly sensitive and emotionally-charged topic are also addressed. Keywords: domestic violence, female violence, male victims, battered men, female perpetrators.
Keywords:Domestic violence, Female violence, Male victims, Battered men, Female perpetrators, Sensitive research
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6334
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Deposited On:27 Sep 2012 16:54
Last Modified:27 Sep 2012 16:54

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