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More Than Victims

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Donald Alexander DownsProfessor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

ISBN13: 9780226161594
ISBN: 0226161595
Published: July 1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £22.50

Donald Downs offers an analysis of the injustices behind the logic of battered woman syndrome, concluding that this very logic harms those it is trying to protect. The text argues that battered women often adopt heroic means of survival, retaining accurate, reasoned perceptions concerning the actions and intentions of their abusers, and to portray battered women as lacking reason and will undermines otherwise valid self-defence claims and hurts women more generally.;Also explored in the work is the ""Syndrome Society"" more generally. The author asserts that justice can be achieved without stripping victims of reason and reponsibility - the very attributes that make citizenship possible.

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Pt. I: The Syndrome Society1: The Syndrome Society: Justice or Illegitimate Excuse? 2: The Rise of the Syndrome Society: A New Perspective on Criminal Culpability Pt. II: Domestic Violence and Battered Woman Syndrome (BWS) 3: The Nature of Domestic Abuse 4: Theories of Battering Relationships Pt. III: BWS Reconsidered: Weighing Positive and Negative Consequences 5: Positive Aspects: BWS and the Narrative of Abuse in Law and Society 6: Legal Critiques of Battered Woman Syndrome 7: Syndromes and Political Theory: The Twilight of Considered Judgment and Citizenship Pt. IV: Conclusion 8: A New Framework for Battered Women: Self-Defense and the Necessity of the Situation, by Donald A. Downs and Evan Gerstmann Notes Index