More Than Victims: Battered Women, the Syndrome Society, and the Law

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University of Chicago Press, 1998 - 309 pages
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In More Than Victims, Donald Downs offers a sympathetic and powerful analysis of the problems attending the use of battered-woman syndrome as a legal defense, ultimately revealing how the syndrome's logic actually harms those it is trying to protect. A persuasive account of how constitutional freedom and individual justice can be threatened by current legal standards, this thorough yet accessible work presents a dramatic rethinking of the criminal justice system.

"More Than Victims is a powerful step in the right direction. Women as well as men need to be protected from violence, and women, in particular, require better understanding of their sometimes oppressive situations. But they also need to be able to participate fully in the discourse of politics and citizenship. Downs offers a solution that helps to make both possible."—Teresa Godwin Phelps, Review of Politics

"Downs has written an important book on a subject that deserves more of our attention."— Susan Mezey, Law and Politics Book Review

"Comprehensive and compelling. [Downs] demonstrates a masterful grasp of the complex legal and philosophical issues implicated in domestic violence cases."—Annette DeMichele, New York Law Journal
 

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Table des matières

The Syndrome Society Justice or Illegitimate Excuse?
3
The Rise of the Syndrome Society A New Perspective on Criminal Culpability
17
The Nature of Domestic Abuse
53
Theories of Battering Relationships
76
Positive Aspects BWS and the Narrative of Abuse in Law and Society
103
Legal Critiques of Battered Woman Syndrome
138
Syndromes and Political Theory The Twilight of Considered Judgment and Citizenship
182
A New Framework for Battered Women SelfDefense and the Necessity of the Situation
223
Notes
251
Index
301
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Donald Alexander Downs is associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is the author of Nazis in Skokie: Freedom, Community, and the First Amendment.

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