The violence of community? Conceptualizations of 'community' in responses to intimate partner abuse

Haq, Jackie and Lewis, Ruth (2014) The violence of community? Conceptualizations of 'community' in responses to intimate partner abuse. Community Development Journal, 49 (3). pp. 373-389. ISSN 0010-3802

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bst041

Abstract

This article addresses the neglected topic of community in relation to intimate partner abuse (IPA). We observe that in discourse about IPA,‘community’ is generally conceptualized either to refer to professionals working in the community or to minority ethnic communities, whereby‘community’ is portrayed as an oppressive entity which sanctions violence against women. Neither of these uses addresses the victim or perpetrator’s informal social networks. We argue that more research is needed to examine how communities of all kinds challenge or support IPA, without resorting to the polarization of ‘community’ as either entirely benign or entirely dangerous. Using data from an ethnographic study of an ethnically diverse community in the north of England, we argue that ‘community’ is used to construct responses to IPA in diverse, nuanced ways, which should inform efforts to build intolerance of such violence.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ruth Lewis
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2014 16:12
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:24
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/16760

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