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
     
 

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

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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:
216
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 Abuse1
Ch. 1Collective Representations13
The Collective Representation of Wife Abuse14
The Collective Representation of the Battered Woman21
The Collective Representation of Shelters29
Summary38
Ch. 2Schemes of Interpretation and Practical Experience41
Social Problems and Moral Stances42
Interpretive Schemes and Practical Experience47
Summary53
Ch. 3Collective Representations and the Formal Organization of Shelter Work57
Collective Representations and the Organization of South Coast58
Collective Representations, Administrators, and Workers at South Coast62
Collective Representations and Organizational Decision-Making68
Summary69
Ch. 4Identifying the Battered Woman71
The Practicalities of Client Selection72
The Practicalities of Identification78
Categorizations and Justifications82
Commonsense Interpretations, Categorizations, and Justifications90
Summary92
Ch. 5Transforming Clients95
Interpretive Schemes, Organizational Structure, and Identity Transformation97
Constructing the Battered Woman101
Supporting the Battered Woman104
The Activities of Support107
Summary112
Ch. 6Making Sense of Shelter Work117
Troubles and Disappointments118
Making Sense of Interpersonal Troubles125
Practical Sensemaking and Failures to Neutralize Troubles132
Making Sense of Success136
Summary141
Ch. 7Social Problems Work and the Reproduction of Public Problems147
Appendix: Data and Data Collection at South Coast167
Notes173
References201
Index213

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