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Coercive control : the entrapment of women in personal life / Evan Stark.

By: Stark, Evan.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Interpersonal violence: Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009Description: xii, 452 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780195384048 (pbk.); 0195384040 (pbk.).Other title: Coercive control : how men entrap women in personal life [Cover title].Subject(s): Wife abuse -- United States | Abused women -- United States | Psychological abuse -- United States | Control (Psychology)DDC classification: 616
Contents:
The revolution unfolds -- The revolution stalled -- The proper measure of abuse -- The entrapment enigma -- Representing battered women -- Up to inequality -- The theory of coercive control -- The technology of coercive control -- When battered women kill -- For love or money -- The special reasonableness of battered women -- Conclusion: Freedom is not free.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 402-440) and index.

The revolution unfolds -- The revolution stalled -- The proper measure of abuse -- The entrapment enigma -- Representing battered women -- Up to inequality -- The theory of coercive control -- The technology of coercive control -- When battered women kill -- For love or money -- The special reasonableness of battered women -- Conclusion: Freedom is not free.

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CHOICE Review

A clinician, founder of one of the first women's shelters in the US, and a long-time researcher of violence against women, Stark (Rutgers Univ.) presents a compelling explanation of the relative failure of domestic-violence interventions, despite improvements in services and laws protecting women. Stark provides chilling stories of systematic, long-term humiliation, verbal abuse, and control escalating to violence, and he describes how humiliation and control tactics damage a victim's sense of agency and self (he likens such women to torture victims or prisoners). When the psychological community created a diagnosis for this condition--battered women's syndrome--it took an important step, but Stark argues that the diagnosis ignores the strengths and survival skills of these women and, by extension, women who function effectively, appear successful and independent, but are in fact victims of severe control and coercion and are as traumatized as those with visible wounds. These women will not report the abuse, since the legal system often demands physical proof of traumatic injury. Stark's compelling book describes "coercive control," the tactics of the abuser, and the psychological and behavioral effects on the victims. It concludes by analyzing legal and social implications/dilemmas of this model. An invaluable study of a complex issue. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. D. L. Loers Wartburg College

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<br> Evan Stark is an award-winning researcher and has served as an expert in over l00 cases involving battered women and their children. He teaches at the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration and Chairs the Department of Urban Health Administration at the UMDNJ School of Public Health. With Dr. Anne Flitcraft he is the coauthor of Women at Risk: Domestic Violence and Women's Health. He lives in Woodbridge, Connecticutt.<br>

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