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Feminist Disability Theory: Domestic Violence Against Women with a Disability

Mays, Jennifer (2006) Feminist Disability Theory: Domestic Violence Against Women with a Disability. Disability and Society, 21(2), pp. 147-158.

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Abstract

Women with a disability continue to experience social oppression and domestic violence as a consequence of gender and disability dimensions. Current explanations of domestic violence and disability inadequately explain several features that lead women who have a disability to experience violent situations. This article incorporates both disability and material feminist theory as an alternative explanation to the dominant approaches (psychological and sociological traditions) of conceptualising domestic violence. This paper is informed by a study which was concerned with examining the nature and perceptions of violence against women with a physical impairment. The emerging analytical framework integrating material feminist interpretations and disability theory provided a basis for exploring gender and disability dimensions. Insight was also provided by the women who identified as having a disability in the study and who explained domestic violence in terms of a gendered and disabling experience. The article argues that material feminist interpretations and disability theory, with their emphasis on gender relations, disablism and poverty, should be used as an alternative tool for exploring the nature and consequences of violence against women with a disability.

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ID Code: 23133
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Disability Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender and Disability Dimensions, Domestic Violence, Disablism
DOI: 10.1080/09687590500498077
ISSN: 0968-7599
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 23:42
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:25

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