Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9781912808304 Will Publish March 2020

Unexpected Subjects

Intimate Partner Violence, Testimony, and the Law

Alessandra Gribaldo

Unexpected Subjects

Alessandra Gribaldo

Distributed for HAU

80 pages | N/A | 6 x 9
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9781912808304 Will Publish March 2020
Unexpected Subjects is an ethnography of the encounter between women's words and the demands of the law in the context of adjudications on intimate partner violence. A study of institutional devices, it focuses on women’s practices of resistance and the elicitation of intelligible subjectivities. Using Italy as an illustrative case, Alessandra Gribaldo explores the problematic encounter between the need to speak, the entanglement of violence and intimacy, and the way the law approaches domestic violence. On this basis it advances theoretical reflections on questions of evidence, persuasion, and testimony, and their implications for ethnographic theory. Gribaldo analyzes the dynamics that produce the subjectivity of the victim, shedding light on how the Italian legal system reproduces broader conditions of violence against women. Perfect for graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching, this book will appeal to anthropologists and scholars of law, society, and gender.
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