LINGUIST List 31.3719

Thu Dec 03 2020

Books: Narratives of Domestic Violence: Andrus

Editor for this issue: Jeremy Coburn <>

Date: 04-Nov-2020
From: Rachel Tonkin <>
Subject: Narratives of Domestic Violence: Andrus
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Title: Narratives of Domestic Violence
Subtitle: Policing, Identity, and Indexicality
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Jennifer Andrus
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108839525 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108839525 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00

Domestic violence is an intractable social problem that must be understood in order to be eradicated. Using theories of indexicality, identity, and narrative, Andrus presents data from interviews she conducted with victims and law enforcement, and analyses the narratives of their interactions and the identities that emerge. She gives insight into law enforcement views on violence, and prevalent misconceptions, in order to create resources to improve communication with victim/survivors. She also analyzes the ways in which identity emerges and is performed via narrative constructions of domestic violence and encounters between police and victim/survivors. By giving voice to the victims of domestic violence, this book provides powerful insights into the ways that ideology and commonplace misconceptions impact the social construction of domestic violence. It will be invaluable to students and researchers in discourse analysis, applied linguistics and forensic linguistics.

Introduction. Identities, indexicality, and ideology: victim/survivors and police officer storying of domestic violence
1. Domestic violence, violence against women, and patriarchy
2. Toward the recreation of a field of indexicality: domestic violence, social meaning, and ideology
3. Storying the victim/survivor: identity, domestic violence, and discourses of agency
4. Storying policing: identities of police and domestic violence
Conclusions. Toward a reconceptualization of domestic violence

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Forensic Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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