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"This is a thoughtful and scholarly addition to the unfortunately scarce literature on domestic violence and oppression in all its forms."—Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Anna D. Wolf Chair, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

"An exciting and powerful collection that eloquently critiques some of the current thinking in domestic violence and raises key concerns for advocates and scholars working in the area."—Sujata Warrier, president, board of directors, Manavi: An organization for South Asian women

"Sokoloff has assembled an impressive array of authors who challenge us to ‘think outside of our contemporary domestic violence box.’"—Angela M. Moore Parmley, chief, violence and victimization research division, National Institute of Justice

This groundbreaking anthology reorients the field of domestic violence research by bringing long-overdue attention to the structural forms of oppression in communities marginalized by race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, or social class.

Reprints of the most influential recent work in the field as well as more than a dozen newly commissioned essays explore theoretical issues, current research, service provision, and activism among Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, Jewish Americans, and lesbians. The volume rejects simplistic analyses of the role of culture in domestic violence by elucidating the support systems available to battered women within different cultures, while at the same time addressing the distinct problems generated by that culture. Together, the essays pose a compelling challenge to stereotypical images of battered women that are racist, homophobic, and xenophobic.

The most up-to-date and comprehensive picture of domestic violence available, this anthology is an essential text for courses in sociology, criminology, social work, and women’s studies. Beyond the classroom, it provides critical information and resources for professionals working in domestic violence services, advocacy, social work, and law enforcement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813535708
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 632,527
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalie J. Sokoloff is a professor of sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY and is on the doctoral faculties in sociology, criminology, and women's studies at the Graduate Center.
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Table of Contents

1 Domestic violence : examining the intersections of race, class, and gender - an introduction 1
Pt. I Frameworks and overarching themes
Introduction 15
2 Strengthening domestic violence theories : intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, and gender 25
3 Feminism versus multiculturalism 39
4 A black feminist reflection on the antiviolence movement 50
5 Women's realities : defining violence against women by immigration, race, and class 56
6 Compounding the triple jeopardy : battering in lesbian of color relationships 71
7 The intersectionality of domestic violence and welfare in the lives of poor women 83
8 Gender violence and the prison industrial complex : interpersonal and state violence against women of color 102
Pt. II Culture, resistance, and community
Introduction 115
9 Domestic violence in African American communities 127
10 Nashville : domestic violence and incarcerated women in poor black neighborhoods 142
11 Domestic violence in ethnically and racially diverse families : the "political gag order" has been lifted 157
12 The importance of community in a feminist analysis of domestic violence among Native Americans 174
13 Rethinking battered woman syndrome : a black feminist perspective 194
14 Lifting the veil of secrecy : domestic violence in the Jewish community 206
15 "I've slept in clothes long enough" : excavating the sounds of domestic violence among women in the white working class 227
16 Fighting back : abused South Asian women's strategies of resistance 253
17 Puerto Rican battered women redefining gender, sexuality, culture, violence, and resistance 272
Pt. III Structural contexts, culturally competent approaches, community organizing, and social change
Introduction 193
18 The cultural context model : a new paradigm for accountability, empowerment, and the development of critical consciousness against domestic violence 301
19 Battering, forgiveness, and redemption : alternative models for addressing domestic violence in communities of color 321
20 Sustaining an ethic of resistance against domestic violence in black faith-based communities 340
21 Navigating the anti-immigrant wave : the Korean women's hotline and the politics of community 350
22 Shifting power for battered women : law, material resources, and poor women of color 369
23 Reducing woman battering : the role of structural approaches 389
24 Looking to the future : domestic violence, women of color, the state, and social change 416
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