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Stories of Victimization: Self-Positioning and Construction of Gender in Narratives of Abused Women
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, ISSN 0886-2605, E-ISSN 1552-6518Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The objective of this article is to analyze how women who have been victims

of intimate partner violence (IPV) position themselves in relation to the

image of the “ideal victim” and how gender is constructed in that positioning.

There is a need for a gender analysis framework to understand how various

forms of femininity are constructed and how narratives linked to this can

either maintain a woman in an abusive relationship or encourage her to

leave. Christie’s theory of the “ideal victim” and Connell’s gender theory

are applied in this study, in which the narratives of 14 female IPV victims in

Sweden are analyzed using a narrative method. Three strings of narratives,

representing different forms of femininity, are revealed in the material.

The master narrative of the ideal victim reveals a form of femininity that

describes women as inferior in relation to men. In the alternative narrative,

the narrator positions herself as inferior in relation to the offender but

discusses resistance. She describes herself as a caring mother who risks a

great deal to protect her children. In the counter-narrative, the narrator

positions herself as strong and independent in relation to the offender and

as a strong and caring mother. The positioning of different narrators may

shift depending on the duration of the relationship and the type of violence.

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2016.
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29492DOI: 10.1177/0886260516676474OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-29492DiVA: diva2:1054914
Available from: 2016-12-09 Created: 2016-12-09 Last updated: 2016-12-12Bibliographically approved

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