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    DescriptionThis book rethinks the way psychological knowledge of domestic violence has typically been constructed. It puts forward a psychological perspective which is both critical of the traditional 'woman blaming' stance, as well as being at odds with the feminist position that men are wholly to blame for domestic abuse and that violence in intimate relationships is caused by gender-power relations. It is rather argued that to neglect the emotions, experiences and psychological explanations for domestic violence is to fail those who suffer and thwart attempts to prevent future abuse. Paula Nicolson suggests that domestic violence needs to be discussed and understood on several levels: material contexts, including resources such as support networks as well as the physical impact of violence, the discursive, as a social problem or gendered analysis, and the emotional level which can be both conscious and unconscious. Drawing on the work of scholars including Giddens, Foucault, Klein and Winnicott, and using interview and survey data to illustrate its arguments, Domestic Violence and Psychology develops a theoretical framework for examining the context, intentions and experiences in the lives of women in abusive relationships, the men who abuse and the children who suffer in the abusive family. As such this book will be of great interest to those studying social and clinical psychology, social work, cultural studies, sociology and women's studies.

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    Domestic Violence and Psychology
    A Critical Perspective
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paula Nicolson, Series edited by Jane Ussher
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 216
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415383721
    ISBN 10: 0415383722

    BIC E4L: HEA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.1T
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: JFFK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25350
    BISAC V2.8: PSY036000
    B&T General Subject: 670
    BIC subject category V2: MMJ, JFFE3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/MENTAL
    BISAC V2.8: PSY041000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 53
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JMG
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 616.85/822, 616.85822
    LC classification: HV6626 .N567 2010
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/PSYCAS
    Thema V1.0: JBSF11, MKM, JBFK3, JMG
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    8 black & white tables
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    27 August 2010
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    Author Information
    Paula Nicolson is Professor of Critical Social Health Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London and is also a trainee at the Tavistock in psychodynamic organisational consultancy.
    Review quote
    "Nicholson presents a thorough, thoughtful review of the history and current state of the conflicted field of intimate partner violence (IPV) research and advocacy. ... Nicholson takes on an important, complex topic and one that obviously spans diverse viewpoints and methodologies. ... This book is likely to interest readers involved in social work, women's studies, sociology, public policy and activism, and perhaps even mainstream psychologists interested in what may be a different perspective from their own." - Jody M. Ross, Ph.D., Indiana-Purdue University, USA, in Sex Roles "Going beyond either/or positions, Paula Nicolson shows how the problem of domestic violence is as deeply personal as it is political. Her book revisions the landscape of scholarship through this dual lens, combining psychodynamic and feminist perspectives to produce a highly nuanced account of patterns of intimate partner violence. It is both a courageous and inspired book." - Janice Haaken, Portland State University, USA
    Table of contents
    Introduction. Part 1. The Context. 1. Domestic Violence: The Material Context. 2. What is Domestic Abuse. 3. Psychology, Feminism, and Ideology: Where Do We Go From Here. Part 2. Discursive Constructions of Domestic Violence and Abuse. 4. The Social Construction of Domestic Abuse: Myths, Legends and Formula Stories. 5. Public Perceptions and Moral Tales. Part 3. (Re)turning to Intra-psychic Psychology. 6. Lived Experience and the 'Material-Discursive-Intra-Psychic' Self. 7. Domestic Abuse Across Generations: Intra-psychic Dimensions. 8. 'Doing' Domestic Violence: Dilemmas of Care and Blame. References.