Intimate intrusions revisited: A case of intimate partner abuse and violations of the territories of the self

Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson

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Abstract

Intimate partner abuse is a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon, highly situated and “locally-produced” by intimate partners in the domestic interactional milieu. Adopting a symbolic interactionist approach, this article uses a limited topical life-history case study to investigate the interactional experiences of a male victim of female-perpetrated intimate partner abuse. The theoretical analysis utilises Goffman’s conceptualisation of the “territories of the self” and their subjection to various forms of contamination or “modalities of violation”, applied in this case to the contested domestic interactional milieu. The paper seeks to add to a developing qualitative literature on male victims’ experiences of intimate abuse and violence, and to extend Goffman’s conceptual insights into a new domain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-69
Number of pages20
JournalQualitative Sociology Review
Volume5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Topical life history
  • Territories of the self
  • Erving Goffman
  • abused men
  • Intimate partner abuse

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