Sex Roles (2011) 65:288–290 DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-9971-y BOOK REVIEW Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling. By Janice Haaken, London; New York, Routledge, 2010. 196 pp. $26.95 (paperback). ISBN: 978-0-415-56342-0 Renate Klein Published online: 17 April 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 Hard Knocks aims to “explain the role of storytelling in the social context, individualize social problems, and encourage history of the battered women’s movement” (jacket cover). victim-blaming (Anderson and Doherty 2008;Humphreys The book blends theoretical explanations of domestic and Thiara 2003;Bayer andConnors 1988). However, the violence with story-telling about domestic violence. The book does not aim to explain the behavior of victims or theoretical approaches are drawn from the academic perpetrators but is concerned instead with the stories women literature while the stories come from interviews with in the movement tell about domestic violence and the activists and researchers in the anti-domestic violence psychoanalytic-feminist framework is used to interpret the movement and from fictionalized accounts of domestic social, cultural and group dynamics from which such stories violence. The book has an international perspective, arise. including interviews conducted in the U.S., the UK, and Haaken structures her material in terms of four “areas of Germany. It also
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