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Books: Pragmatics: Trinch

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  1. paul, Latinas' Narratives of Domestic Abuse: Trinch

Message 1: Latinas' Narratives of Domestic Abuse: Trinch

Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 14:08:37 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: Latinas' Narratives of Domestic Abuse: Trinch

Title: Latinas' Narratives of Domestic Abuse
Subtitle: Discrepant versions of violence
Series Title: IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society 17

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL:

Author: Shonna L. Trinch, Florida State University 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114155, Pages: x, 315 pp., Price: USD 95.00

Comment: Hardback: ISBN: 9027218552, Pages: x, 315 pp., Price: EUR 95.00


In the American legal system valid witness-testimony is supposed to be
inva riable and unchanging, so defense attorneys highlight seeming
inconsistenci es in victims accounts to impeach their
credibility. This book off ers an examination of how and why victims
of domestic violence might seem t o be changing their stories,in the
criminal justice syst em, which may leave them vulnerable to attack
and criticism. Latinas Narratives of Domestic Abuse: Discrepant
Versions of Violence investiga tes the discourse of protective order
interviews, where women apply for cou rt injunctions to keep abusers
away. In these encounters, two different ver sions of violence, each
influenced by a range of ethnolinguistic, intertext ual and cultural
factors, are always produced. This ethnography of Latina w omen
narrating violence suggests that before victims even get to trial, the
ir testimony involves much more than merely telling the truth. This
book pr ovides a unique look at pre-trial testimony as a collaborative
and dynamic social and cultural act.

Table of contents

List of figures and tables vii 
Acknowledgments ix 
1. Narrating violence in institutional settings 1
2. Telling the truth about violence: Language ideology and the
function of narrative structure 15-36
3. Representation, ownership and genre: Language ideologies of
narrative pr oduction and performance 37-55
4. Telling and re-telling: Latina narrators interacting with
institutions 57-86 
5. The protective order interview: A linguistic tug-of-war for
representati on 87-119
6. Disappearing acts: Power, control, opposition and omission 121-153
7. Disfigurement and discrepancy: Taking the story out of the report
8. Transforming domestic violence into narrative syntax 191-223
9. Beyond the storytelling taboo: Latinas=E2=80=99 narratives and
sexual vi olence 225-268
10. Discrepant versions and the margins: Truth or consequence for
Latina ba= ttered women? 269-278
References 279-293 
Appendix. Glossary of legal terms 295-299 
Author index 301-304 
Subject index 305-313


Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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