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Choice's Outstanding Academic Title list for 2013 The development of a legal regime to combat domestic violence in the United States has been lauded as one of the feminist movement's greatest triumphs. But, Leigh Goodmark argues, the resulting system is deeply flawed in ways that prevent it from assisting many women subjected to abuse. The current legal response to domestic Choice's Outstanding Academic Title list for 2013 The development of a legal regime to combat domestic violence in the United States has been lauded as one of the feminist movement's greatest triumphs. But, Leigh Goodmark argues, the resulting system is deeply flawed in ways that prevent it from assisting many women subjected to abuse. The current legal response to domestic violence is excessively focused on physical violence; this narrow definition of abuse fails to provide protection from behaviors that are profoundly damaging, including psychological, economic, and reproductive abuse. The system uses mandatory policies that deny women subjected to abuse autonomy and agency, substituting the state's priorities for women's goals. A Troubled Marriage is a provocative exploration of how the legal system's response to domestic violence developed, why that response is flawed, and what we should do to change it. Goodmark argues for an anti-essentialist system, which would define abuse and allocate power in a manner attentive to the experiences, goals, needs and priorities of individual women. Theoretically rich yet conversational, A Troubled Marriage imagines a legal system based on anti-essentialist principles and suggests ways to look beyond the system to help women find justice and economic stability, engage men in the struggle to end abuse, and develop community accountability for abuse.


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Choice's Outstanding Academic Title list for 2013 The development of a legal regime to combat domestic violence in the United States has been lauded as one of the feminist movement's greatest triumphs. But, Leigh Goodmark argues, the resulting system is deeply flawed in ways that prevent it from assisting many women subjected to abuse. The current legal response to domestic Choice's Outstanding Academic Title list for 2013 The development of a legal regime to combat domestic violence in the United States has been lauded as one of the feminist movement's greatest triumphs. But, Leigh Goodmark argues, the resulting system is deeply flawed in ways that prevent it from assisting many women subjected to abuse. The current legal response to domestic violence is excessively focused on physical violence; this narrow definition of abuse fails to provide protection from behaviors that are profoundly damaging, including psychological, economic, and reproductive abuse. The system uses mandatory policies that deny women subjected to abuse autonomy and agency, substituting the state's priorities for women's goals. A Troubled Marriage is a provocative exploration of how the legal system's response to domestic violence developed, why that response is flawed, and what we should do to change it. Goodmark argues for an anti-essentialist system, which would define abuse and allocate power in a manner attentive to the experiences, goals, needs and priorities of individual women. Theoretically rich yet conversational, A Troubled Marriage imagines a legal system based on anti-essentialist principles and suggests ways to look beyond the system to help women find justice and economic stability, engage men in the struggle to end abuse, and develop community accountability for abuse.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Vcelka

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was originally assigned to read this book for my Domestic Violence Law class, but was so interested in it, I bought it and read it for fun. Although I agree that an anti-essentialist system is necessary to combat the problem of domestic violence, I am not entirely convinced that we should leave criminal prosecution decisions to the survivor. As someone who has been in an abusive relationship, I know that survivors are sometimes unable to make clear decisions regarding their abusers. No drop pr I was originally assigned to read this book for my Domestic Violence Law class, but was so interested in it, I bought it and read it for fun. Although I agree that an anti-essentialist system is necessary to combat the problem of domestic violence, I am not entirely convinced that we should leave criminal prosecution decisions to the survivor. As someone who has been in an abusive relationship, I know that survivors are sometimes unable to make clear decisions regarding their abusers. No drop prosecution might be traumatizing for the survivor, but if we were able to foster a system where the survivor felt comfortable and confident, it might actually work. Goodmark's work presents excellent ideas that I think the legal system should take seriously and begin to implement immediately.

  2. 4 out of 5

    erl

    This book is a very dense read. It only has 8 chapters and less than 200 pages, but I averaged about. a chapter a week. Ms. Goodmark tackles the formidable problem of how to legally address the issue of domestic abuse. While she is adept at outlining the many problems that stem from legal intervention as well as the different forms of abuse, she is less clear when suggesting remedies. She devotes the last two chapters of her book to possible alternative solutions. But they all hinge on the woman This book is a very dense read. It only has 8 chapters and less than 200 pages, but I averaged about. a chapter a week. Ms. Goodmark tackles the formidable problem of how to legally address the issue of domestic abuse. While she is adept at outlining the many problems that stem from legal intervention as well as the different forms of abuse, she is less clear when suggesting remedies. She devotes the last two chapters of her book to possible alternative solutions. But they all hinge on the woman choosing what is best for her. A court's role is not to facilitate the victim's healing or well-being; it is to uphold the law. Therefore I don't see how these solutions could be implemented. However. I do appreciate her detailed outline of the problems, as well as her descriptions of the many non-violent forms of abuse.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Another book for class. This one wasn't a fun read; it took forever because I could only make it about 5 pages before I lost interest. It's a good resource but dry. Really dry. Another book for class. This one wasn't a fun read; it took forever because I could only make it about 5 pages before I lost interest. It's a good resource but dry. Really dry.

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