Everyday Harm: Domestic Violence, Court Rites, And Cultures Of Reconciliation

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Everyday Harm: Domestic Violence, Court Rites, and Cultures of Reconciliation

By investigating the harms experienced by the victims/survivors of domestic violence, this work studies the limits of what domestic violence law can - and can't - do. It illustrates the ways cultural norms and bureaucratic procedures work to unravel laws designed to protect the safety of society's most vulnerable people.

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"This book is an important contribution to studies that show how law can both reproduce hegemony while simultaneously providing an avenue to contest that hegemony. This book is also a welcome addition to studies of law and legal processes in the global South."--Contemporary Sociology



"What a tour de force of a book. . . . Data about one intensively studied court in Trinidad supplement and reconstruct our knowledge about courts of all kinds elsewhere, and the position of low status litigants within them. If this were not feat enough, our 'grand' theoretical understandings of the way law works are also challenged. So do go away and read this book."--Howard Journal of Criminal Justice



"[Lazarus-Black] goes beyond previous studies by synthesizing multiple factors into a model to explain how societies discourage victims of...

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