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In an Abusive State: How Neoliberalism Appropriated the Feminist Movement against Sexual Violence

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In an Abusive State puts forth a powerful argument: that the feminist campaign to stop sexual violence has entered into a problematic alliance with the neoliberal state. Kristin Bumiller chronicles the evolution of this alliance by examining the history of the anti-violence campaign, the production of cultural images about sexual violence, professional discourses on intima ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 25th 2008 by Duke University Press Books (first published April 4th 2008)
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Claire
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
So despite my sometimes lukewarm response while reading, I have been referencing this book when talking about sexual violence. It's a good time to read the book if you've been following the events post-Jimmy Savile and what's happening in Steubenville. Actually let's be real, it's always a good time to read a book like this!

Bumiller argues that the increased criminalisation in relation to sexual violence and domestic violence i.e. the sometimes feminist faith in legal reform, the reliance on th
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Suni Jo
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I have worked and volunteered for two different non profits that provide services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and based on these experiences some of Kristin Bumillers arguments were not satisfying. These two non profits shared a foundational belief that a victim of sexual assault and domestic violence do not need couples counseling or therapy. Bumillers writes that social workers and advocates recommend victims engage in couples counseling with an abuser. Bumiller made so ...more
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Emma
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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this book was really compelling. i've read a lot of other work on this theme, particularly abolitionist critiques of feminist alliances with the punitive state, and this book offered different insights.

i liked the way she tracked neoliberal pressures on feminist campaigns and organisations, as well as on individual women themselves to conform to particular 'victim-centred' and 'therapeutic' models, so that any claim of collusion or co-option necessarily becomes more complicated. her point is th
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Laura
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book takes a strong critique of the neo-liberal partnering that feminists have made with the state- and how it has affected victims, how it reinforces racism, and how it in general does not get to the root of the issue. The writing can be dense and academic, but overall it is a good and important read.
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Kristin Bumiller is Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College. She is the author of In an Abusive State: How Neoliberalism Appropriated the Feminist Movement against Sexual Violence and Civil Rights Society: The Social Construction of Victims.
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