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In this history and interdisciplinary study of violence toward wives in America, David Peterson del Mar reflects on the changes in American society that have affected violence: wife-beating was quietly condoned until the spread of an ethos of self-restraint in the late 19th century; the practice increased with a vengeance with the florescence of expressive individualism during the 20th century. The text offers a testimony to the impact of social trends on the most private arrangements and to the resilience of women subject to a seemingly timeless crime.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674950788
ISBN-10: 067495078X
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Peterson del Mar

David Peterson del Mar is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Northern British Columbia.

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