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Notes Towards A Metatheory Of Wife Abuse

M. M. Killoran
Published 1984 · Sociology

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Abstract There Is a need for a theoretical understanding of wife abuse which situates the phenomenon In terms of two contexts: violence against women qua women and violence against women qua wives De Beauvolr's conceptualization of Women-as-Other Is utilized to address the former context; the concept of women as domestic laborers, the latter. A conflict between the problematization of wife abuse which Is congruent with the Ideologies of the Women's Liberation Movement and the combination of current Impetl for reduction of funding of social service programmes together with the privatization Inherent In the “pro-family” Ideology, Is Identified.
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