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Våldet och kärleken. Våldsutsatta kvinnors begripliggörande av sina erfarenheter

Agevall, Charlotte LU (2012) In Lund Studies in Sociology of Law 38.
Abstract
The purpose of the thesis is to study, through the narratives of women subjected to violence, how men’s violence against women in intimate relationships is accounted for, and how such accounts vary with the type of social relation and context she is in. The specific context in focus here is the legal system, with the police as the first link in the legal chain.

The empirical material consists of interviews with women who have been subjected to violence in an intimate relationship. Tthe theoretical framework combines feminist narrative theory and institutional theory, with the concept of accounts as a central conceptual node.

Three parts make up the analysis. The first part deals with the women’s accounts of the violence... (More)
The purpose of the thesis is to study, through the narratives of women subjected to violence, how men’s violence against women in intimate relationships is accounted for, and how such accounts vary with the type of social relation and context she is in. The specific context in focus here is the legal system, with the police as the first link in the legal chain.

The empirical material consists of interviews with women who have been subjected to violence in an intimate relationship. Tthe theoretical framework combines feminist narrative theory and institutional theory, with the concept of accounts as a central conceptual node.

Three parts make up the analysis. The first part deals with the women’s accounts of the violence they are subjected to, the second treats the accounts the women make as they encounter the legal system, and the final part is a more general analysis of how these accounts relate to the institutions of Family, Politics and Law. The main findings underscore that violence takes on a character of family secret. In the discourses that support the family institution, practices which are constitutive of coupledom and gender are charged with positive value, making it difficult for the woman to detect the piecemeal process through which the man’s courting of and concern for the woman gradually shades into control and violence. Differences regarding motives for reporting the offense, and associated differences regarding expectations on the police, can be understood partly as a result of the women’s different experiences, partly as related to the social position of the woman. An important factor – loaded with meaning in the institutions of family, politics and law, and affecting the woman’s account of the violence, of themselves, of the man and their relation – is whether or not the woman had exited the relationship. (Less)
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supervisor
opponent
  • Professor Banakar, Reza, School of Law, University of Westminister, UK
organization
alternative title
Love and Violence. Victimised Women's accounts of experiences of Violence
publishing date
type
Thesis
publication status
published
subject
keywords
genusvetenskap, rättssociologi, brottsoffer, våld, genus, profession, polis, makt, Sociology of law, Institutional theory. Våld i nära relationer, Feminist Theory, Victimology, Domestic Violence, Interpersonal Violence, Police, Power, Accounts, Gender Studies
in
Lund Studies in Sociology of Law
volume
38
pages
307 pages
publisher
Lund University
defense location
Spoletorps hörsal, Spolegatan 1 R, Lund
defense date
2012-05-24 10:15
ISSN
1403-7246
ISBN
91-7267-341-9
language
Swedish
LU publication?
yes
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b2c6b6bd-8cbf-463b-8bfd-3189498f44a4 (old id 2518294)
date added to LUP
2012-04-26 16:17:41
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2016-09-19 08:44:49
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  abstract     = {The purpose of the thesis is to study, through the narratives of women subjected to violence, how men’s violence against women in intimate relationships is accounted for, and how such accounts vary with the type of social relation and context she is in. The specific context in focus here is the legal system, with the police as the first link in the legal chain. <br/><br>
The empirical material consists of interviews with women who have been subjected to violence in an intimate relationship. Tthe theoretical framework combines feminist narrative theory and institutional theory, with the concept of accounts as a central conceptual node. <br/><br>
Three parts make up the analysis. The first part deals with the women’s accounts of the violence they are subjected to, the second treats the accounts the women make as they encounter the legal system, and the final part is a more general analysis of how these accounts relate to the institutions of Family, Politics and Law. The main findings underscore that violence takes on a character of family secret. In the discourses that support the family institution, practices which are constitutive of coupledom and gender are charged with positive value, making it difficult for the woman to detect the piecemeal process through which the man’s courting of and concern for the woman gradually shades into control and violence. Differences regarding motives for reporting the offense, and associated differences regarding expectations on the police, can be understood partly as a result of the women’s different experiences, partly as related to the social position of the woman. An important factor – loaded with meaning in the institutions of family, politics and law, and affecting the woman’s account of the violence, of themselves, of the man and their relation – is whether or not the woman had exited the relationship.},
  author       = {Agevall, Charlotte},
  isbn         = {91-7267-341-9},
  issn         = {1403-7246},
  keyword      = {genusvetenskap,rättssociologi,brottsoffer,våld,genus,profession,polis,makt,Sociology of law,Institutional theory. Våld i nära relationer,Feminist Theory,Victimology,Domestic Violence,Interpersonal Violence,Police,Power,Accounts,Gender Studies},
  language     = {swe},
  pages        = {307},
  publisher    = {Lund University},
  school       = {Lund University},
  series       = {Lund Studies in Sociology of Law},
  title        = {Våldet och kärleken. Våldsutsatta kvinnors begripliggörande av sina erfarenheter},
  volume       = {38},
  year         = {2012},
}