Women’s Press
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
2008 in the name of love cvr
270 pages
6 x 9 inches
October 2008
Print ISBN: 9780889614628
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Overview

Although love is the hallmark of humanity, it is not widely discussed in social work and other related professions with respect to its potential connection to abuse. In this groundbreaking book the author argues that, while love and abuse should not co-exist, they often do.

Using a feminist narrative approach, stories about love, abuse, and social work are told with the purpose of understanding domestic violence and other forms of abuse. Based on interviews with 84 women of varying ages in Canada and Australia, the author shows how the pain and shame of intimate abuse can leave its mark on the bodies, minds, and souls of victims/survivors long after abusive episodes have ended. Additionally, Fraser also discusses the importance of hope, "enlightened witnesses," income support, and educational opportunities for women who refuse to renounce love relationships altogether, but are instead trying to foster relationships that are respectful as well as erotic.


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Table of Contents

Preface: The Power of Love

Chapter 1: Woman, Abuse, and Social Work: What's Love Got to Do with It?

Chapter 2: Dominant Stories about Love: History (Never) Repeats

Chapter 3: Popular Stories about Love: Love, Love Me Do

Chapter 4: First and Second Wave Feminist Stories about Love and Abuse: All's (Not) Fair in Love and War

Chapter 5: Third Wave Feminist Stories about Love and Abuse: Pleasures and Paradoxes

Chapter 6: Using a Narrative Feminist Perspective: Analyzing Women's Stories of Love and Abuse

Chapter 7: Love and Abuse in Childhood: It's Not All Sugar and Spice

Chapter 8: Romance, Love, and Abuse in Early Adulthood: Cinderella's (Un)happy Ending?

Chapter 9: Love and Abuse in Adulthood: When Love Is (Not) the Answer

Chapter 10: Reviewing the Scripts for Loving: (Not) Losing Hope

Chapter 11: Revising the Scripts for Loving: Trying to Move On

Chapter 12: Still Wanting Love, But Not Wanting Abuse

Chapter 13: Changing Worlds: Future Possibilities for Professional Practice

Heather Fraser

Dr. Heather Fraser is a senior lecturer in social work at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Her teaching and research focus on violence and abuse, critical social work, advocacy, and social action.


Reviews

An important new text of considerable value to both social work education and social sciences students and their teachers.

This is a great, thought-provoking, life- and love-affirming read. I recommend the book highly to anyone working in this area.

A valuable pedagogical tool, one that can be used in courses on gender and society, women's studies, the family, and human sexuality.

Fraser has a tremendous talent for making complex ideas clear. Theory is beautifully woven in with the narratives. As a lesbian I felt very included, and as a poverty-class/working-class woman I felt my experience honoured. This is a great book.

"Fraser has a tremendous talent for making complex ideas clear. Theory is beautifully woven in with the narratives. As a lesbian I felt very included, and as a poverty-class/working-class woman I felt my experience honoured. This is a great book."
—  Susan Strega, School of Social Work, University of Victoria

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