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The Social Dynamics of Family Violence Paperback – March 6, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0813344638 ISBN-10: 0813344638 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813344638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813344638
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Social Dynamics of Family Violence by Angela Hattery and Earl Smith

The Social Dynamics of Family Violence is a unique contribution to the family literature. The book provides a systematic examination of all forms of family violence (from intimate partner violence to child abuse to elder abuse to violence in gay and lesbian families) and does so in sociological fashion—social conditions and institutions (e.g., poverty, racism, and patriarchy), rather than individual-level factors, are highlighted as the driving forces. I highly recommend this book for adoption in undergraduate and graduate courses in sociology, social work, family studies, and in other related fields.”
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University

“Angie Hattery and Earl Smith have turned their decades of experience researching, teaching, and writing about violence in families into a comprehensive, accessible book. Their wise choices and thorough presentations of intersectional, life course, and institutional frameworks central to sociological approaches make this a text suitable for introductory courses in sociology, family studies, and gender/race/class analysis, and specialized courses in criminology, violence, and social policies. This book goes far beyond most available treatments of violence in families. This book finally convinces me that it's not only possible but worthwhile to use a textbook to teach smart, curious undergraduates about sociology, families, and violence between people who ‘love’ and depend on one another.”
Lisa D. Brush, University of Pittsburgh

“I appreciated how the book was well organized which enhanced my learning and understanding of such a difficult topic as a whole. The chosen topics in the book built my understanding and interests one issue after another. Hattery and Smith's wealth of knowledge and research was organized in a fairly conducive way that enhanced my knowledge of the different types of abuse (e.g., child abuse, elder abuse, intimate partner violence). They not only increased my knowledge but offered great hopes and wisdoms to tackle such an important issue that effects families from all backgrounds across the nation.”
Nancy Xiong, Student

“As a student who had no prior knowledge about family violence, I found the book highly accessible. Not only were concepts thoroughly explained, but the real life examples really put it into context for me. It was definitely one of the most relevant books I have read in a while!”
Joyous Tharrington, Student

The Social Dynamics of Family Violence is a disturbingly good book. The material is difficult to deal with, but the authors present the well-researched and unbiased facts in a way that makes it easy to understand and relate to. In reading the book, I learned how pervasive the issues of family violence are in American society and, consequently, how important this topic is. It helps to facilitate difficult discussions about what family violence is, some of the factors that cause the violence, and ways to end the violence. Most importantly, the book empowered me to feel like there was something that I could do about the issue and provided ways to get involved. Even though the topic was gut-wrenching, I looked forward to reading the book!”
Leslie Temple, Student

About the Author

Earl Smith is professor of sociology and Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University, where he is also the director of the American Ethnic Studies Program. His books include Sociology of Sport and Social Theory; Race, Sport and the American Dream; Prisoner Reentry and Social Capital; Interracial Intimacies; and Interracial Relationships in the 21st Century.

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By Kim Krampetz on February 13, 2014
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Great book that is easy to read. It has relevant information given from a very real perspective. Much of the information was quite eye opening for me.
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