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Created: July 31, 2004
Latest Update: Juy 31, 2004

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Index of Topics on Site Domestic Violence from Many Perspectives

  1. Introduction Why I chose to share this reading.
  2. Focus: Main point of this reading.
  3. Reading Full identification of source for reading AND excerpt.
  4. Concepts: Concepts and Key Words.
  5. Discussion Discussion questions.
  6. Conceptual Linking to Substantive Courses What this has to do with our class.

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  • I wanted to share this reading with you because it is a good example of how dominant dicourse sometimes gets it wrong. Yes, women suffer most from domestic violence, but so do men. The site on which the story of Dr. Emerson appears presents the issue of domestic violence very differently from the way we normally hear about it. Assuming arguendo, that Dr. Emerson's version of the story is true, what's the difficulty in getting us to believe him? Our expectations reflect what dominant discourse has prepared us to expect. That makes it harder to listen in good faith, especially when the man has already been accused, and many of us are sure that the police wouldn't accuse him unless there was evidence that he was guilty. By the way, does that attitude violate the law?


  • I would like you to come away from this shared reading with a sense of ipse dixit, just because someone says it's so, doesn't make it so. Nobody has a corner on telling the truth or accurately hearing the truth or accurate interpretation. Mathilda White Riley once said that all research involves inference. Either someone tells you what they would do, and you infer from that that they would do what they say they would, or someone does something, and you infer from what they do what you think they had in mind when they did it. Either way we're making dangerous assumptions if they remain unstated.

Concepts and Key Words:

  • ipse dixit:: Latin for "just because one says so".

  • Second Amendment: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." The Constitution - Cornell Website. The right to bear arms.

  • a restraining order: Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause.
    "A "Temporary Restraining Order" is ordinarily issued after an "ex parte appearance" (an appearance in court by one party without the other being present). The Temporary Restraining Order is an order of the court that states that a person is to refrain from particular acts and to stay away from particular places." From the second paragraph in the file.

    Law Crawler's Public index on restraining orders

    Please bear in mind that legal websites cannot and do not give legal advice. They are for information only. If you need legal advice, please see a lawyer.


Discussion Questions:

  1. How?

    Things to be considered in answer.

  2. Why?

    Things to be considered in answer.

  3. Do you think?

    Some clue to what you were thinking about.

Conceptual Linking to Substantive Courses:

  • Agencies:
    Sample linking: Ways in which underlying assumptions of assimilation affect services offered and clients' ability to access and use those services. How does this reading illustrate the need for social agencies, for more generalized agencies, for what Bolman and Deal would call "leadership" AND "management"? How does this reading suggest ways in which we could be more effective in rendering help, and what is the reading's relationship to a "safety net" for those who need help?

  • Criminal Justice:
    Sample linking: Ways in which some groups are underrepresented in the unstated assumptions of our theories. How does this reading serve to illustrate adversarialism, mutuality, retribution, revenge, illocutionary understanding, the definition and operation of the criminal justice system?

  • Law:
    Sample linking: Extent to which laws are made on the assumption that we are all essentially assimilated to the dominant culture. How does this reading help us see the need for contextual readings in law? How does it relate to our natural instincts to seek some kind of natural law? What facts and principles does the reading offer for discourse that could clarify for Others validity claims presented by an Obscure Other?

  • Moot Court:
    Sample linking: Ways in which to make validty claims of harm understood by those who have never experienced many of the world's different perspectives. How can this reading enlighten our praxis in terms of different kinds of discourse, like instrumental, illocutionary, governance?

  • Women in Poverty:
    Sample linking: The culture of poverty and assimilation. How does the reading deal with our underlying assumptions about poverty, especially poverty of the exploited, the NOT- male? What does the reading suggest of the interrelationship between our society and its children, generally cared for by women, often poor?

  • Race, Gender, Class:
    Sample linking: The extent to which silence has been imposed by these affiliations so that domination and discrimination have entered our unstated assumptions in interpersonal relations and the structural context arising from them. What does the reading tell us about exploitation and alternative ways to deal with one another? What does it tell us about institutionalized -isms and our denial of complicity? What does it tell us about our common humanity?

  • Religion:
    Sample linking: The spiritual component. Humans are spiritual creatures, creatures that recognize moments that go beyond ourselves to God, Allah, Isis, Gaia, the Universe, or a deep sense of responsibility to create our own meanng. How does the reading fit into our ability, our need to create such meaning in life?

  • Love !A:
    Sample linking: What's the aesthetic link in this reading? How does it bring us closer to one another as humans? What does it tell us about our need for love, unconditional love, not rewards for doing well or being well, but caring and acceptance for being who we are?Week">Week"> Domestic Viole <ul type="disc"> <p><li><font color="#8000ff" size="4"><i>ipse dixit</i>:</font>: Latin for "just because one says so". <p><li><font color="#8000ff" size="4"><i>Second Amendment:</i></font> </ul> </blockquote> <p><hr size="3" width="50%"> <hr size="3" width="50%"> <p><center><font size="+1">Site Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors, August 2004.<br> "<a href="fairuse.htm">Fair use</a>" encouraged.</font></center> </body> </html>