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Title: Professionals constructions of immigrant women who experience domestic violence
Author: Brown, Niollie
ISNI:       0000 0004 2711 1237
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2011
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This study employed Foucauldian Discourse Analysis to explore some of the ways professionals drew upon discourses to construct Immigrant Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BMER) women who experience domestic violence. This analysis focused on the functions the discourses served; how the immigrant women were positioned within the discourses; and the material consequences they may have. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine professionals working in generic and BMER-specific domestic violence services as well as statutory, BMER community and women's services. This study adopted a post-modern feminist perspective positioned within a poststructuralist, social constructionist epistemology. In this study, Kimberle Crenshaw's Intersectionality framework was utilised to examine the intersectionality of race, gender, culture, immigration status and domestic violence, as well as Foucault's concepts of power, subject positions and institutional practice. Three main discourses are discussed in the analysis for the purposes of this study. These are a) 'Culture as All-Encompassing': the centralisation of culture in understanding immigrant women; b) 'Women as Not Genuine': the questioning of immigrant women as genuine victims of domestic violence; and c) 'Women as Dependent': the difficulties working with immigrant women who require a lot of support. However, some of the professionals expressed resistance towards these discourses and constructed immigrant women as individuals, genuine and brave. Therefore, immigrant women were constructed in conflicting ways by the professionals interviewed, which resulted in different material effects. The implications for these are discussed in relation to service provision for immigrant BMER women who experience domestic violence.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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