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Title: How do Indian and Pakistani women in the community talk about domestic violence? : a discourse analysis
Author: Jeevan, Shopna Sri Ranga
ISNI:       0000 0004 2701 0540
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2009
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This research aimed to consider how South Asian women in the community talked about 'domestic violence', attending to their understanding of domestic violence and their construction of those who experienced domestic violence. A qualitative study was conducted in which seven South Asian women who did not have previous experience of domestic violence (that is women from a nonclinical population) were individually interviewed. A discourse analysis was then undertaken. The discourse analysis focused on the 'interpretative repertories' which women used in their interactions with the researcher. It focused on how people use discursive resources and with what effects. This analysis highlighted that women who participated in the current research constructed domestic violence as being cultural. Tolerance and acceptance of domestic violence were understood as being part of women's role in South Asian culture. Women who experienced domestic violence were constructed as being responsible in some way for the violence that they experienced. Although these women were constructed as being powerless, they were positioned as being more responsible than men for maintaining a good family life, which led to the tolerance and acceptance of violence. However, in contrast, men were constructed as being powerful but not responsible for the impact that domestic violence had on the family. Based on the research findings, there appears to be imbalances between men and women in terms of power and responsibility, which seems to be grounded in their socially constructed gender roles. The present research suggests that there appears to be no image of 'the couple' in South Asian relationships (particularly for individuals involved in domestic violence), instead men and women were constructed as individuals with different roles. This has implications for clinical practice. Further implications relating to mental health service provision and community interventions are also discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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