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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 and middle-class man, whose wife subjected him to sustained unilateral violence and abuse, resulting in damaging consequences for his health and well-being. The analysis draws specifically on Goffman’s theoretical framework, including his conceptualization of “possessional territory” as one of the “territories of the self".

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This page is a summary of: Assault on Self: Intimate Partner Abuse and the Contestation of Identity, Symbolic Interaction, February 2011, Wiley, DOI: 10.1525/si.2011.34.1.108.
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