The Battered Woman and Shelters: The Social Construction of Wife Abuse / Edition 1

The Battered Woman and Shelters: The Social Construction of Wife Abuse / Edition 1

by Donileen R. Loseke
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791408329

ISBN-13: 9780791408322

Pub. Date: 02/28/1992

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Explores how standardized images of problems and people inform and shape social services for women who have been assaulted.

Arguing that we commonly understand “wife abuse” and the “battered woman” in terms of standardized images of problems and people, the author explores how these images inform and shape social services for women who

Overview

Explores how standardized images of problems and people inform and shape social services for women who have been assaulted.

Arguing that we commonly understand “wife abuse” and the “battered woman” in terms of standardized images of problems and people, the author explores how these images inform and shape social services for women who have been assaulted. Using ethnographic data of shelter work from the perspective of workers, she shows how these standardized images affect organizational structure and how front-line workers make sense of their interventions into clients’ lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791408322
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/1992
Series:
SUNY series in Deviance and Social Control Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
SOCIAL PROBLEMS WORK AND THE STUDY OF WIFE ABUSE

1. COLLECTIVE PREPRESENTATIONS

The Collective Representation of Wife Abuse
The Collective Representation of the Battered Woman
The Collective Representation of Shelters
Summary

2. SCHEMES OF INTERPRETATION AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

Social Problems and Moral Stances
Interpretive Schemes and Practical Experience
Summary

3. COLLECTIVE REPRESENTATIONS AND THE FORMAL ORGANIZATION OF SHELTER WORK

Collective Representations and the Organization of South Coast
Collective Representations, Administrators, and Workers at South Coast
Collective Representations and Organizational Decision-Making
Summary

4. IDENTIFYING THE BATTERED WOMAN

The Practicalities of Client Selection
The Practicalities of Identification
Categorizations and Justifications
Commonsense Interpretations, Categorizations, and Justifications
Summary

5. TRANSFORMING CLIENTS

Interpretive Schemes, Organizational Structure, and Identity Transformation
Constructing the Battered Woman
Supporting the Battered Woman
The Activities of Support
Summary

6. MAKING SENSE OF SHELTER WORK

Troubles and Disappointments
Making Sense of Interpersonal Troubles
Practical Sensemaking and Failures to Neutralize Troubles
Making Sense of Success
Summary

7. SOCIAL PROBLEMS WORK AND THE REPRODUCTION OF PUBLIC PROBLEMS

Appendix
DATA AND DATA COLLECTION AT SOUTH COAST

Notes

References

Index

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