Violence Against Women Act Of 1994

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The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) is the most expansive federal legislation addressing intimate violence in the United States to date. Meyer-Emerick uses three theories to examine the legislation: Foucault's theories on how people develop their ideas about their sexuality; Habermas's theories on the legitimacy of the state; and MacKinnon's theories of a gender hierarchy preserved through sexual violence. Through consideration of interviews with policymakers, professionals, and focus groups with ...

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Overview

The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) is the most expansive federal legislation addressing intimate violence in the United States to date. Meyer-Emerick uses three theories to examine the legislation: Foucault's theories on how people develop their ideas about their sexuality; Habermas's theories on the legitimacy of the state; and MacKinnon's theories of a gender hierarchy preserved through sexual violence. Through consideration of interviews with policymakers, professionals, and focus groups with citizens, her analysis suggests that state intervention is limited. Additional avenues for combating violence against women is therefore necessary.

These theories were also used to develop questions that were asked of policymakers and local professionals in interviews and with focus groups of survivors, perpetrators, and citizens. The interviews revealed perceptual differences between the thinking of the policymakers and the local professionals. These dissimilarities highlight the practitioners' lack of knowledge about the intent of VAWA, which may impede service delivery to clients. The focus group responses indicated that not only do women have a higher distrust than men but that survivors and perpetrators have opinions that diverge from both local citizens and other participants. This demonstrates a need for change in the system that is supposed to be protecting women from violence. Meyer-Emerick concludes with recommendations for further interventions. Policymakers and local providers of social services will find the work of particular value as will scholars and researchers dealing with domestic violence.

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Meyer-Emerick (urban affairs, Cleveland State U.) presents the results of her research conducted on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994. Focusing on research participants' beliefs about the causes of violence against women, she uses three theorists (Michel Foucault, J<:u>rgen Habermas, and Catharine MacKinnon) to examine, in turn, the power of ideas, the power of the state, and the power of men. Study participants include federal policymakers, local practitioners, and focus groups including both women and men. Nine appendices present methodological data. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275970840
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2001
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

NANCY MEYER-EMERICK is an Assistant Professor at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction 1
2 The Power of Ideas: How Do We Form Our Beliefs about Sexual Violence? 15
3 The Power of the State: Can the Government Prevent the Terrorization of Women? 45
4 The Power of Men: Do Men Use Sexual Violence to Preserve Their Power? 75
5 Conclusions and Challenges 101
App. A National Election Study and Focus Group Demographic Data 109
App. B Focus Group Recruitment - Phone Text 115
App. C Focus Group Fliers 117
App. D Federal Policymaker Questions 119
App. E Local Practitioner Questions 121
App. F Focus Group Questions 123
App. G Policymaker Consent Form 125
App. H Focus Group Consent Form 127
App. I Focus Group Process 129
References 131
Index 135
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