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The Social Dynamics of Family Violence


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Preface to the Second Edition -- Social Dynamics of Family Violence -- Historical Perspectives on Family Violence -- Theories for Studying Family Violence -- Methods for Studying Family Violence -- Abuse Across the Life Course -- Abuse Across the Life Course -- Outcomes of Child Abuse -- The Economy and Intimate Partner Violence -- Cultural Factors and Intimate Partner Violence -- Religion and Family Violence -- Institutionalized Violence -- Violence in LGBTQ Families -- Prevention and Avoidance -- The Response to Family Violence -- Where do we Go From Here? -- Data Sources

About the Author

Angela Hattery is professor and director of Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. She is the author of numerous books including Gender, Power and Violence (2016), African American Families: Myths and Realities (2014), Prisoner Re-entry and Social Capital: the long road to reintegration (2010), African American Families (2007) Globalization & America: race, human rights and inequality (2008) Intimate Partner Violence (2008) and Women, Work, and Family (2001). Earl Smith is Emeritus Rubin Distinguished Professor & Director of American Ethnic Studies and professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University. He is the author of numerous books including Race, Sport and the American Dream (2014) and African American Families: Myths and Realities (2014).


Praise for the Previous Edition "The Social Dynamics of Family Violence is a unique contribution to the family literature. The book provides a systematic examination of all forms of family violence (from intimate partner violence to child abuse to elder abuse to violence in gay and lesbian families) and does so in sociological fashion--social conditions and institutions (e.g., poverty, racism, and patriarchy), rather than individual-level factors, are highlighted as the driving forces. I highly recommend this book for adoption in undergraduate and graduate courses in sociology, social work, family studies, and in other related fields." -- Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University "Angie Hattery and Earl Smith have turned their decades of experience researching, teaching, and writing about violence in families into a comprehensive, accessible book. Their wise choices and thorough presentations of intersectional, life course, and institutional frameworks central to sociological approaches make this a text suitable for introductory courses in sociology, family studies, and gender/race/class analysis, and specialized courses in criminology, violence, and social policies. This book goes far beyond most available treatments of violence in families. This book finally convinces me that it's not only possible but worthwhile to use a textbook to teach smart, curious undergraduates about sociology, families, and violence between people who 'love' and depend on one another." --Lisa D. Brush, University of Pittsburgh "I appreciated how the book was well organized which enhanced my learning and understanding of such a difficult topic as a whole. The chosen topics in the book built my understanding and interests one issue after another. Hattery and Smith's wealth of knowledge and research was organized in a fairly conducive way that enhanced my knowledge of the different types of abuse (e.g., child abuse, elder abuse, intimate partner violence). They not only increased my knowledge but offered great hopes and wisdoms to tackle such an important issue that effects families from all backgrounds across the nation." --Nancy Xiong, Student "As a student who had no prior knowledge about family violence, I found the book highly accessible. Not only were concepts thoroughly explained, but the real life examples really put it into context for me. It was definitely one of the most relevant books I have read in a while!" --Joyous Tharrington, Student

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