Beyond individual and visible acts of violence: A framework to examine the lives of women in low-income neighborhoods

Silvia Dominguez, Cecilia Menjivar

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Abstract

Low-income minority women are among the most disadvantaged in terms of social location, which exposes them to various forms of violence that perpetuate their poverty. Previous research has focused on individual explanations of actions that affect them. We seek to redirect our understandings away from individual explanations to focus on the broader contexts and inequalities that lie at the root of multiple and interconnected forms of violence in the lives of women in vulnerable positions. This approach facilitates recognition of violent structures often unrecognized or misrecognized as such. Our framework includes structural, interpersonal, and symbolic forms of violence, which we apply to examine the lives of a subsample of minority-status women gathered ethnographically in low-income neighborhoods in Boston, Los Angeles and New York through the Three City Study of Moving to Opportunity. In this exercise, we highlight the broader contexts that create conditions for individuals to harm one another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-195
Number of pages12
JournalWomen's Studies International Forum
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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