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Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life (Interpersonal Violence) Hardcover – April 16, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0195154276 ISBN-10: 0195154274

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Product Details

  • Series: Interpersonal Violence
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195154274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195154276
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.5 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Evan Stark's brilliant book will transform our understanding of violence against women and place the anti-abuse campaign squarely in the center of the feminist revolution and the movement for universal human rights. In Stark's new paradigm, we see that physical violence is only the tip of an iceberg of intimidation, isolation, and deprivation of daily necessities that amounts to a denial to women of personhood and full citizenship. Every human rights theorist, advocate, and jurist needs to read this landmark volume and use it to reinvigorate the movement toward true equality for women. If every law enforcement officer, shelter provider, social worker, and legislator would also read the stories Stark tells about women's everyday struggles in hostage-like relationships, society's approach to the abuse of women would be immeasurably strengthened."-- Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women's Policy Research and the George Washington University


"Evan Stark has written a momentous work conceptualizing abuse of women by their intimate partners as a major human rights violation. Dr. Stark has explicated the concrete deprivations and structural restraints which are the daily realities of women who have abusive intimate partners. He shows how these abuses create hostage-like living conditions and constrain women's ability to function as fully free citizens in society. Coercive Control is essential reading for everyone in the mental health and legal professions who treat and represent women. It will help us grasp the oppression suffered by women who may not have visible, physical injuries so that we may help them achieve safety and freedom."-- Marjory D. Fields, J.D., family law and human rights lawyer in private practice and retired Justice, New York State Supreme and Family Courts


"Coercive Control is compelling in the way it frames woman-battering as a web of coercive controls and enforcement. Evan Stark provides a rich history of the refuge/shelter movement and a powerful critique of the criminal legal system. This pathbreaking exploration of the entrapment of women in intimate partnerships, with its important exploration of social context and critical focus on male social and economic privilege, is a must reada crucial addition to the literature."-- Barbara J. Hart, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, Battered Women's Justice Project


"Starks book vividly and unforgettably describes the many ways that men subjugate and entrap women...Coercive Control is one of the most important books ever written about domestic violence and one that should be widely read by advocates, policymakers, and academics."--Domestic Violence Report


"This is a hopeful book. It ends with a call to action through engagement with the law, rather than a retreat in the face of disappointing results of our efforts.[It is unique in the comprehensiveness of its critique, and in the depth and utility of [Starks] recommendations for a direction for the future. If it is as widely read as it deserves to be, it is sure to have a major impact."--Sex Roles


"Evan Stark broadens our understanding of violence against women as a major human rights violation. Scholars, law enforcement officers, shelter providers, social workers, and legal professionals interested in improving societys approach to dealing with the abuse of women should examine this work.[It] provides a persuasive argument as to why physical violence is only one dimension of the complex political issues that are played out in the context of interpersonal relationships characterized as abusive. In addition, the theoretical argument makes an important connection to compelling empirical evidence to permit the analysis of the social context of the entrapment of women and the male social and economic privilege that results."--Journal of Public Management and Social Policy


"The mix of research, case material and the author's compelling perspective make the book very readable and engaging. The book encapsulates core themes and provides a model that facilitates a great understanding of the interpersonal processes involved."--The Psychologist


"...a book of tremendous import to anyone working with the issue of domestic violence...Coercive Control is a sweeping, compelling and meticulously detailed argument...If, as Stark suggests, the domestic violence field is on the verge of a Kuhnian revolution, this book is the bugle blast."--Sex Roles


"Every attorney who represents clients in family law courts should read this book."--Wisconsin Lawyer


"Evan Stark's brilliant book will transform our understanding of violence against women and place the anti-abuse campaign squarely in the center of the feminist revolution and the movement for universal human rights. In Stark's new paradigm, we see that physical violence is only the tip of an iceberg of intimidation, isolation, and deprivation of daily necessities that amounts to a denial to women of personhood and full citizenship. Every human rights theorist, advocate, and jurist needs to read this landmark volume and use it to reinvigorate the movement toward true equality for women. If every law enforcement officer, shelter provider, social worker, and legislator would also read the stories Stark tells about women's everyday struggles in hostage-like relationships, society's approach to the abuse of women would be immeasurably strengthened."-- Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women's Policy Research and the George Washington University


"Evan Stark has written a momentous work conceptualizing abuse of women by their intimate partners as a major human rights violation. Dr. Stark has explicated the concrete deprivations and structural restraints which are the daily realities of women who have abusive intimate partners. He shows how these abuses create hostage-like living conditions and constrain women's ability to function as fully free citizens in society. Coercive Control is essential reading for everyone in the mental health and legal professions who treat and represent women. It will help us grasp the oppression suffered by women who may not have visible, physical injuries so that we may help them achieve safety and freedom."-- Marjory D. Fields, J.D., family law and human rights lawyer in private practice and retired Justice, New York State Supreme and Family Courts


"Coercive Control is compelling in the way it frames woman-battering as a web of coercive controls and enforcement. Evan Stark provides a rich history of the refuge/shelter movement and a powerful critique of the criminal legal system. This pathbreaking exploration of the entrapment of women in intimate partnerships, with its important exploration of social context and critical focus on male social and economic privilege, is a must reada crucial addition to the literature."-- Barbara J. Hart, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, Battered Women's Justice Project


"Starks book vividly and unforgettably describes the many ways that men subjugate and entrap women...Coercive Control is one of the most important books ever written about domestic violence and one that should be widely read by advocates, policymakers, and academics."--Domestic Violence Report


"This is a hopeful book. It ends with a call to action through engagement with the law, rather than a retreat in the face of disappointing results of our efforts. [It is unique in the comprehensiveness of its critique, and in the depth and utility of [Starks] recommendations for a direction for the future. If it is as widely read as it deserves to be, it is sure to have a major impact."--Sex Roles


"The mix of research, case material and the author's compelling perspective make the book very readable and engaging. The book encapsulates core themes and provides a model that facilitates a great understanding of the interpersonal processes involved."--The Psychologist


"Evan Stark broadens our understanding of violence against women as a major human rights violation. Scholars, law enforcement officers, shelter providers, social workers, and legal professionals interested in improving societys approach to dealing with the abuse of women should examine this work.[It] provides a persuasive argument as to why physical violence is only one dimension of the complex political issues that are played out in the context of interpersonal relationships characterized as abusive. In addition, the theoretical argument makes an important connection to compelling empirical evidence to permit the analysis of the social context of the entrapment of women and the male social and economic privilege that results."--Journal of Public Management and Social Policy


"...a book of tremendous import to anyone working with the issue of domestic violence...Coercive Control is a sweeping, compelling and meticulously detailed argument...If, as Stark suggests, the domestic violence field is on the verge of a Kuhnian revolution, this book is the bugle blast."--Sex Roles


"Every attorney who represents clients in family law courts should read this book."--Wisconsin Lawyer


"One review cannot do justice to such a big book, which was 10 years in the making. This ambitious book fills a much-needed gap in the literature by bringing together important pieces of early research, historical aspects of the domestic violence movement, recent research, and case insights from the authors 30-year history of clinical and forensic work. Regardless of whether readers agree or disagree with Stark's contentions or agree only in part, we guarantee they will not ever be bored. It is hoped that this book will be widely read and discussed and its major points incorporated into our daily work. In essence, this book should serve as a catalyst to reinvigorate the domestic violence movement."--Violence Against Women


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Evan Stark is an Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, Rutgers University.

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Marie on April 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are burned out or fed up in the daily grind of domestic violence field work, this book will invigorate you. Battered women always say that the physical violence is the least of what they endure... yet the legal and social services systems, media and society increasingly place incident-specific physical abuse front and center. This book offers a frank examination of how the organized domestic violence movement may be enabling this approach -- which is so at odds with battered women's experiences -- and provides a rich, insightful and honest examination of the reality of women's lives under the control of abusive partners.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Read on July 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have worked in domestic violence for over 15 years and I purchased this book because I was interested in seeing what we can do better. I am intrigued about the idea of PTSD vs adaptive abuse behaviors. I am, too, concerned about the move towards BIPP as a DV intervention, when all the research shows so far that is isn't effective.

I like how Mr. Stark frames domestic violence as different than stranger assault in that stranger assault is geared towards physical harm [and perhaps as a tool for robbery, etc], but domestic violence assault is geared toward dominance.

I was surprised to see the incorrect spelling of names of two nationally recognized domestic violence researchers and lawyers: On page 21, Sara Buel's name is spelled as "Sara Buell" and Casey Gwinn's name is spelled as "Casey Quinn."

I very much appreciate Mr. Stark's long-term commitment in his work to end domestic violence. I also appreciate his political and long-term view of domestic violence as a symptom of the inequality of men and women.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anna on January 24, 2010
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I'm just realizing i have been in a non-violent yet extreemly controlled coercive relationship for decades. Disabled spouse uses guilt and sudden worsening of health ... and oddly dramatic instant recovery when I capitulate ... among other nifty tricks. Somehow despite being an RN myself I never put 2 and 2 together until undergoing years of therapy and 12 step support groups. This book has golden tidbits of information maddenly hidden among piles of statstics about physical violence: exactly what it proposes to not be about. I bought it anyway as I need all the ammuntion ... not literal... I can hurl to put my pathetic pathological spouse in place like a bad dog. Works for me! Freedom...power...I had it all along. I pray for other emotionally pissed on peeps to realize their own worth as full fledged adult humans and stop letting abusers get away with this insanity...with love and non violence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on March 3, 2011
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This is one of the best books looking at the history of the movement ending domestic violence and where the movement stands today that I have ever read.
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