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

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Using ethnographic data of shelters for battered women, from the perspective of the workers, shows how standardized images of abuse social services, and the workers' interpretation of their intervention into clients' lives. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791408322
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Series: SUNY series in Deviance and Social Control Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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 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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