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In this fi rst book on the subject by a sociologist, 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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“Dunn’s analysis of the challenges women encounter as they seek help while simultaneously living with the experience of stalking reveals the inadequacy of current criminal justice interventions. In an intriguing analysis of how victims do “emotion work” in their interactions with stalkers, Dunn shows that victims sometimes temporarily comply with their stalkers’ demands to feel safe or because they are convinced by their former partners’ professions of love. At other times, they avoid interactions or fight back.”

—Kristin L. Anderson, Gender and Society

“Stalking behavior has only recently been defined as deviant behavior. With the passage of the first anti-stalking statute in 1990, stalking became illegal, and researchers began to examine the nature of and criminological motivations behind stalking… [This book] provides useful information on stalking and its victims and convincing critiques that suggest various ways in which law enforcement practitioners could improve their understanding of stalking and better deal with the problems that might stem from traumatic situations in legal processing… The book is well organized and includes thought-provoking pictures.”

—Jungmi Kim, Contemporary Sociology

“In Courting Disaster, Jennifer Dunn demonstrates that the constructionist perspective can be fruitful and can provide insights for both addressing real-world policy problems and grappling with theoretical issues. And she shows us that it is possible to be simultaneously an advocate for a cause and a serious, sophisticated social scientist with a passion for finding out how things work.”

—Erich Goode, Symbolic Interaction

Dunn (sociology, Souther Illinois U.-Carbondale) explores women who are being coerced, intimidated, and stalked by former intimates, things these women do to manage the situation, and what happens to them as a consequence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,424,842
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer L. Dunn is assistant professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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Table of Contents

1 Pursuing Justice: Setting the Stage for Intimate Stalking Victimization 1
2 I'll Be Watching You: The Lived Experience of Intimate Stalking 35
3 Innocence Lost: Accomplishing Victimization in the Domestic Violence Unit 81
4 A Romantic Interlude: Cultural Constructions of Courtship and Compliance 121
5 Damned If You Do: Social Problems Work, Emotion Work, and the Worthy Victim 167
Bibliography 189
Index 197
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