Coercive Control How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life

ISBN-10: 0195384040

ISBN-13: 9780195384048

Edition: 2009

Authors: Evan Stark

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One of the most important books ever written on domestic violence, Coercive Control breaks through entrenched views of physical abuse that have ultimately failed to protect women. Evan Stark, founder of one of America's first battered women's shelters, shows how "domestic violence" is neither primarily domestic nor necessarily violent, but a pattern of controlling behaviors more akin to terrorism and hostage-taking. Drawing on court records, interviews, and FBI statistics, Stark details coercive strategies that men use to deny women their very personhood, from "beeper games" to food logs to micromanaging dress, speech, sexual activity, and work. Stark urges us to move beyond the injury model and focus on the real victimization that allows men to violate women's human rights with impunity. Provocative and brilliantly argued, Coercive Control reframes abuse as a liberty crime rather than a crime of assault and points the way to bringing "real" equality for women in line with their formal rights to personhood and citizenship, freedom and safety.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Introduction
The Domestic Violence Revolution: Promise and Disappointment
The Revolution Unfolds
The Revolution Stalled
The Enigmas of Abuse
The Proper Measure of Abuse
The Entrapment Enigma
Representing Battered Women
From Domestic Violence to Coercive Control
Up to Inequality
The Theory of Coercive Control
The Technology of Coercive Control
Living with Coercive Control
When Battered Women Kill
For Love or Money
The special Reasonableness of Battered Women
Conclusion: Freedom Is Not Free
Notes
Index
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