Family violence, once considered a private problem, has become a matter of intense public concern. Many people believe that social concern about child abuse and wife beating began in the 1960s. Elizabeth Pleck's study, the first history of family violence in the United States, proves otherwise. Based on in-depth research using court records, newspaper accounts, and autobiographies, Domestic Tyranny presents a broad portrait of America's attitudes towards family violence over time, considering not only the varying definitions of the problem but also the institutional and legal remedies reformers have created to respond it.
Pleck investigates the reasons for the ebb and flow of societal attention to the problem from the Puritans of New England, who devised a criminal code to punish wife beating, to Victorian efforts to prevent cruelty to children, to the battered woman's movement of our time.
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About the Author:
Elizabeth Pleck is a Research Associate at the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College. She is the author of Black Migration and Poverty and co-author of A Heritage of Her Own: Toward a New Social History of American Women.
"The devastating consequences of the current 'epidemic' of family violence makes Pleck's analysis all the more timely. Her thoroughly researched and carefully argued study should be required reading for all those concerned with the problem today." --Nancy Tomes, Science "Domestic Tyranny is in every sense a pioneering work that not only raises provocative questions about the nature and scope of family violence but also probes the inherent difficulties in shaping remedies." --Norma Basch, Journal of American History
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0195059263
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