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ERIC Number: EJ938749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Interpersonal Violence as Social Construction: The Potentially Undermining Role of Claims Making and Advocacy Statistics
Perrin, Robin D.; Miller-Perrin, Cindy L.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v26 n15 p3033-3049 Oct 2011
The relationship between empirical research inquiry and advocacy efforts is complex and seldom addressed in the interpersonal violence literature. In this article, we first examine how social conditions come to be seen as social problems, using a social constructionist perspective. Next, we focus specifically on the problem of interpersonal violence as viewed through a social constructionist lens, highlighting the many ways in which advocacy has influenced public perceptions of interpersonal violence as a social problem. Finally, this article considers some of the consequences that may result from exaggerated or misleading claims, especially when they are made by social scientists who are presumably engaged in an objective discussion of a problem. These consequences include generating skepticism toward the social sciences, feeding a backlash movement, and diverting attention away from the most severe forms of interpersonal violence. Contrary to the goals of many advocates, some of these consequences may be detrimental to the very social problems they hope to alleviate. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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