Heroes of Their Own Lives: The Politics and History of Family Violence - Boston, 1880-1960 / Edition 1

Heroes of Their Own Lives: The Politics and History of Family Violence - Boston, 1880-1960 / Edition 1

by Linda Gordon
     
 

"Linda Gordon traces policies toward child abuse and neglect, wife-beating, and incest from 1880 to 1960. Drawing on hundreds of case records from social agencies devoted to dealing with the problem, Gordon chronicles the changing visibility of family violence as gender, family, and political ideologies shifted." From the "discovery" of family violence in the 1870s -… See more details below

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"Linda Gordon traces policies toward child abuse and neglect, wife-beating, and incest from 1880 to 1960. Drawing on hundreds of case records from social agencies devoted to dealing with the problem, Gordon chronicles the changing visibility of family violence as gender, family, and political ideologies shifted." From the "discovery" of family violence in the 1870s - when it was first identified as a social, rather than personal, problem - to the women's and civil rights movements of the twentieth century, Heroes of Their Own Lives illustrates how public perceptions of gender, poverty, alcoholism, mental illness, and responsibility worked for and against the victims of family violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252070792
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,287,983
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2"The Cruelty": Child Protection, 1880-191027
3The Progressive-Era Transformation of Child Protection, 1900-192059
4Single Mothers and the Contradictions of Child-Protection Policy82
5"So Much for the Children Now, So Little Before": Child Neglect and Parental Responsibility116
6"Only to Bring My Children Up Good": Child Abuse and Social Change168
7"Be Careful About Father": Incest, Girls' Resistance, and the Construction of Femininity204
8"The Powers of the Weak": Wife-Beating and Battered Women's Resistance250
9Conclusion: Social Control and the "Powers of the Weak"289
App. A: Research and Analysis Methods301
App. B: Client Characteristics307
Notes313
Index373

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