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Paige Sweet (Health and Society Working Group)  Add To Calendar

Health and Society Working Group

October 2, 2017 at 2 PM

Paige Sweet, PhD Candidate in Sociology, UIC

The Paradox of Legibility: Domestic Violence and Institutional Survivorhood 

Drawing on 18 months of interview and archival research, this project explores how, in order to be legible to the increasingly medicalized anti-violence field, domestic violence victims face pressure to narrate and perform psychological recovery. Women learn to tell stories of intimate violence in a way that makes sense to domestic violence agencies, to courts, to child services, and to immigration authorities. Because these institutions often understand domestic violence as a kind of disease in need of cure, women mold their experiences into narratives of individualized, psychological recovery. These demands create a paradox of legibility: to become a legitimate domestic violence survivor and secure resources from institutions, women must tell stories of psychological survival, even as those very stories erase the structural contexts of victimization and survival.

  • Date(s): Monday, 10/2 2:00 PM to Monday, 10/2 4:00 PM
  • Campus Address: Lower Level of Stevenson Hall
  • Address: 701 South Morgan
  • Location: Chicago, IL, United States
  • Contact: Linda Vavra
  • Email: lvavra@uic.edu
  • Phone: (312) 996-6352
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