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Why Don't You Just Talk to Him?: The Politics of Domestic Abuse

Kathleen R. Arnold


Calling attention to domestic abuse as a political problem, this book seeks to challenge Enlightenment notions of intimacy that profoundly mistake the nature of control and abuse. In turn, the anti-Enlightenment aspects of intimacy are rooted in tensions and contradictions of American society, which often assume that communication and egalitarian practices (such as mediation) preclude destructive tendencies and hostility. A revised notion of political realism allows understanding of hierarchical, unsympathetic, and even violent aspects of modern, enlightened politics as normal if not undesirab ... More

Keywords: batterer intervention program, coercive control, communication, Enlightenment, gender-based asylum, intimate abuse, political realism, self-defense, shelters, symmetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190262280
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen R. Arnold, author
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, DePaul University