Courting Disaster / Edition 1

Courting Disaster / Edition 1

by Jennifer L. Dunn, Dunn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0202306623

ISBN-13: 9780202306629

Pub. Date: 12/15/2007

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

This book is about women who are coerced, intimidated, and stalked by former intimates. It is about the things these women do to manage this situation, and what happens to them as a consequence. Stalking is a behavior that has relatively recently been defined as problematic, and as criminal when violence or the threat of violence occurs. This new category of crime

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This book is about women who are coerced, intimidated, and stalked by former intimates. It is about the things these women do to manage this situation, and what happens to them as a consequence. Stalking is a behavior that has relatively recently been defined as problematic, and as criminal when violence or the threat of violence occurs. This new category of crime has created a new type of victim. How such victims come into being, interact with their former partners, and seek help, is the subject of this book. It is also about living through what some women consider a form of secondary victimization by the criminal justice system.

The definition of someone as a victim is not self-evident, but is contingent upon interpretation. Thus this book is also an account of how women come to decide they are victims of stalking and seek to convince others of this. It uses a variety of data and methods to examine this phenomenon from the perspectives of both victims and law enforcement agents, and adds to our understanding of responsibility and blame when violence occurs between intimates. By examining social constructions of this particular type of victimization and the choices stalking victims make, the readers learn more about the forces constraining human decisions.

Stalking victimization is complicated because it is an ongoing process. It often does not stop once the criminal justice system is involved. Women who are being stalked by their former partners face a profound dilemma in their efforts to manage their pursuers and to pursue their cases through the criminal justice system.

Dunn offers a wide-ranging, thought-provoking, and sensitive examination of the lived experience of intimate stalking victimization. In exploring the ways in which we socially construct and confer meaning upon intimate violence, the author draws upon interviews with stalkers and victims, courtroom testimony, analyses of case reports, and an independent survey instrument that reveals ambivalence of the prevailing culture to the problem. Courting Disaster will be valuable in women's studies and counseling courses and a useful text in sociology and criminology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202306629
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/15/2007
Series:
Social Problems and Social Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Pursuing Justice: Setting the Stage for Intimate Stalking Victimization1
2I'll Be Watching You: The Lived Experience of Intimate Stalking35
3Innocence Lost: Accomplishing Victimization in the Domestic Violence Unit81
4A Romantic Interlude: Cultural Constructions of Courtship and Compliance121
5Damned If You Do: Social Problems Work, Emotion Work, and the Worthy Victim167
Bibliography189
Index197

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