Judging Victims

Judging Victims : Why We Stigmatize Survivors & How They Reclaim Respect

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'Why didn't she resist?' 'Why is he telling us only now?' 'Why can't she move on?' Unpacking the questions that cast victims as deviants, Jennifer Dunn critically examines why we stigmatize survivors of rape, battering, incest, and clergy abuse - and how they reclaim their identities. Dunn explores the shifting perceptions over time of victims as blameworthy, blameless, pathetic, or heroic figures. She also links those images to their real-world consequences, demonstrating that they dominate the ways in which people think about intimate violence and individual responsibility. Her analysis cuts to the core of fundamental issues at the center of debates about crime and deviance, victimization, and social problems. She confronts the issue of how to craft effective, humane, and legitimate security institutions in post conflict states - and whether legitimate policing can in fact be developed in the midst of insurgency and terrorism.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 241 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588267024
  • 9781588267023
  • 2,562,461

Table of contents

Vocabularies of Victimization: Sympathy, Agency, and Identity. Survivor Movements Then and Now. The Anti-Rape Movement and Blameworthy Victims. The Battered Women's Movement and Blameless Victims. "Backlash" and Pathetic Victims. Survivors of Priest Abuse and Admirable Victims. The Vanguard of Victimology: Survivors, Identity Work, and Cultural Change.
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"Subtle, yet accessible and a pleasure to read. Dunn gives us a sophisticated new framework for thinking about victims of violence and fresh insight into why our larger culture calls their claims - and the victims' own morality - into question." - Joel Best, University of Delaware "An important book.... Dunn addresses significant practical questions that are also theoretically intriguing in this empirical exploration of the cultural category of 'victim.'" - Donileen Loseke, University of South Florida"
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About Jennifer L. Dunn

Jennifer L. Dunn, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
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