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Turning points and the ‘everyday’: Exploring agency and violence in intimate relationships
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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. (Gender)
University of St Gallen, Switzerland.
2014 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 21, no 3, 264-277 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article the authors approach material and symbolic violence through transdisciplinary readings of theoretical debates, fiction and empirical narratives. They make use of the concept of turning points which disrupt dichotomous and static categorizations of victim and survivor, and their association with passivity and agency respectively. In situations of violence, turning points represent temporality instead of timelessness, dialogism instead of monologism, multilayering rather than any fixed identity. The authors draw on the theorists Bakhtin and Certeau, whose work highlights the significance of meaning-making between self and other. They analyse empirical and fictional narratives to understand the creation of dialogic spaces, a space that both subordinates and subverts. Pointing to the procedural nature of turning points within the everyday, the authors argue that women, despite the pain and trauma, are neither just a victim nor just a survivor in a violent relationship.

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London: Sage Publications, 2014. Vol. 21, no 3, 264-277 p.
Keyword [en]
sexuality, women, violence, agency, dialogism, everyday, intimate violence, meaning-making, narrative identity, survivor, tactics, turning points, victim
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Globalization Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230289DOI: 10.1177/1350506814523941ISI: 000340132400005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230289DiVA: diva2:739814
Available from: 2014-08-21 Created: 2014-08-21 Last updated: 2014-09-08Bibliographically approved

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