Review by Choice Review
Stewart offers a fairly comprehensive review of the feminist perspective as it relates to intentional acts that have physical consequences for women. Two themes provide a focus for the work: first, violence against women can only be understood in a structural, cultural, social context that is designed to reduce and control women by the male patriarchal social structure that is prevalent in every society; and second, rejection of the medicalizing of violence against women, i.e., defining violence against women in an individual pathology context or applying the medical model to a social problem. The book is well written and within reach of the average reader. It is fairly well referenced with an adequate bibliography and index and does not rely on tables or illustrations to make its points. Recommended for libraries serving departments of counseling, sociology, social work, and women's studies. R. T. Sigler University of Alabama
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