Assault on Self: Intimate Partner Abuse and the Contestation of Identity

  • Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
  • Symbolic Interaction, February 2011, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1525/si.2011.34.1.108

Domestic violence and intimate partner abuse of a male victim

What is it about?

Domestic violence and intimate partner abuse and violence have been studied from a range of different perspectives. In this article, a sociological approach is used: symbolic interactionism. The article is based on data generated by a case study of a well-educated, middle-class, middle-aged man, whose wife subjected him to sustained unilateral violence and abuse, resulting in damaging consequences for his health and well-being. The analysis draws on Goffman’s conceptualization of “possessional territory” as one of the “territories of the self".

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