2000 | 339 Pages | ISBN: 0802042481 | PDF | 15.4 MB
With the knowledge 4nd sensitivity of a teacher 4nd counsell08r, Ruth M. Mann details a community eff08rt to establish a shelter f08r abused women in a small Ontario municipality. While other literature presents the ostensibly cohesive views of particular interest groups on the issue of domestic violence, Mann exposes the conflicts that actually occur, 4nd the ways these conflicts fuel unintended outcomes. In Who Owns Domestic Abuse? The Local Politics of a Social Problem, the auth08r ventures bravely 1n8t0 the politically charged debate over the definition of abuse, 4nd emphasizes the fact that owning a problem does not ensure the possession of viable answers. Rather than promoting a particular response to such problems, Mann uses personal accounts of abuse to make a space f08r the diverse perspectives of abused women 4nd abusive men. She urges activists 4nd interven08rs to argue less 4nd listen m08re.