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NCJ Number: 119045 Find in a Library
Title: Research as Social Action: The Struggle for Battered Women (From Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse, P 51-74, 1988, Kersti Yllo and Michelle Bograd, eds. -- See NCJ-119043)
Author(s): R E Dobash; R P Dobash
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter focuses on some specific issues and problems regarding the relationship between social science and social action in the study of violence against wives.
Abstract: After providing a brief history of the rise of this social problem in Britain, the social scientist is placed in this arena. Existing proposals relating to social science research are examined and three fundamental aspects of action research are developed: the methodology, the message, and the relationship between social scientists and statutory bodies and community groups. Research methods are very important in the type of evidence presented, and in the manner in which the research enters the public and political debates regarding a particular social problem and the proposed solutions to it. Inherent in every piece of social research are messages about the nature of the phenomenon and the individuals under study which either reiterate and support the status quo or challenge it and offer alternatives. The relationship between social scientists and community groups leads to direct contact with grass roots groups, the media, and statutory bodies, and involves social and political processes associated with new legislation and the dissemination of information. 2 notes and 78 references.
Main Term(s): Battered wives
Index Term(s): Abused women; Domestic assault; Society-crime relationships
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