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What Trouble I Have Seen: A History of Violence against Wives Hardcover – May 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0674950764 ISBN-10: 0674950763 Edition: 1St Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674950763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674950764
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,066,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Del Mar offers a history of woman battering in Oregon that is compassionate, richly detailed, [and] complex...The richness of this historical examination will be of great interest to scholars and students of gender, family life, and violence against women. (James Ptacek Contemporary Sociology)

This is a fascinating book, with a bold and clear argument and a host of insights into family life and standards...It is stimulating, often plausible, and important. (Peter N. Stearns American Historical Review)

What Trouble I Have Seen weaves together an extraordinary mix of contradictory threads in the histories of violence, westward expansion, race, economics, gender roles, work, attitudes about marriage and women, and changes in the economy to explain historical changes in violence against wives. It is both a local history of Oregon and a larger social analysis of changing national patterns. It is solid scholarship with an activist aim at understanding the problem in order to solve it. The complexity of Peterson Del Mar's argument is commendable. He covers the incidence and nature of male violence against wives, women's resistance to it and societal interventions in violent marriages...What Trouble I Have Seen is an immensely useful book. Peterson Del Mar's thesis regarding historical changes in the level and nature of violence against wives is a much needed contribution, as he ties together disparate changes in society. His careful reading of legal documents blended with a variety of popular culture sources gives us greater insight into the problem. (Deborah L. Kitchen Journal of American Culture)

What Trouble I Have Seen is informed by the author's wide reading in anthropology and related disciplines which offer insight into domestic violence and, unusually, by a year Peterson del Mar spent as a counsellor to abusive men. No doubt that work heightened his sensitivity to some of the issues; it also led him to conclude that the beliefs of abusive men regarding women are not much different from those of other men...This is an ambitious and important book, the first detailed study of wife abuse in one state over a long period. (Jerome Nadelahft Canadian Review of American Studies)

In What Trouble I Have Seen, Peterson Del Mar paints an extraordinary landscape of men's violence against wives, the forms of women's resistance to male violence, and nonviolent men's complicity with the ideas that underpin such violence...Peterson Del Mar's writing is clear and often moving. His effective use of the testimonies of those who have seen trouble, those who have meted out trouble, and those who have relegated it makes this a compelling read. (Carole J. Sheffield Signs)

[A] groundbreaking study...David Peterson del Mar has succeeded in his aim of bringing research in this tender subject to the fore. He has produced a book of notable worth containing research that is highly readable, thought-provoking and relevant to modern society. (Icarus)


A fascinating and rich study of violence against women, meticulously researched and replete with the voices of men and women who offer insights into their own lives and struggles. Peterson del Mar has crafted a careful social history, one in which he argues and demonstrates cogently that violence against wives and wives' response to that violence have varied over time and have always been shaped by the social context--material, ideological, environmental, political. (Regina Morantz-Sanchez, University of Michigan)

More About the Author

David Peterson del Mar grew up in rural Oregon in the 1960s, the son of working-class parents possessed by a ferocious work ethic and a deep belief in the possibilities of education. He was a single foster parent and worked as a mill laborer, day-care provider, and historical interpreter and curator before settling in academia and writing two books on the history of interpersonal violence published by Harvard University Press and the University of Washington Press. He and his wife and son returned to Portland, Oregon from Canada in 1999. He is an Associate Professor at Portland State University. His three most recent books are for both general readers and undergraduates: a survey of the American Family published by Palgrave Macmillan, a meditation on nature loving in the western world published by Pearson, and a history of Oregon published by Oregon State University Press. He is currently working on a book on how people in the U.S. have viewed modern Africa. He has consulted extensively with educators from elementary to high school and coordinates connections between classrooms in Ghana and Oregon. See: http://youghana.org/ He has volunteered with battered woman's shelters and organizations concerned with vulnerable children, African development, and interracial dialogue and reconciliation.

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