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Ny forsking om barn som lever med familievald

av Nina Eriksen

I ei ny artikkel i Springer-tidsskriftet Subjectivity tek forskarane Callaghan, J.E.M., Alexander, J.H. & Fellin, L.C. føre seg korleis barn kroppsleggjer valdserfaringane.

Children’s embodied experience of living with domestic violence: “I’d go into my panic, and shake, really bad”


Liten jente som holdes av mor. Alvorlig og direkte blikk mot fotograf. Mor sidelengs. Illustrasjonsfoto: colourbox.no

Illustrasjonsfoto: colourbox.no

Children who experience domestic violence are often described in academic and professional literature as passive victims, whose ‘exposure’ to violence and abuse at home leaves them psychologically damaged, socially impaired, inarticulate, cognitively ‘concrete’ and emotionally ‘incompetent’.

Whilst we recognise the importance of understanding the hurt, disruption and damage that domestic violence can cause, we also explore alternative possible ways of talking about and thinking about the lives of children who have experienced domestic violence. We report on interviews and drawings with 27 UK children, using interpretive analysis to explore their capacity for agency and resistance.

We explore the paradoxical interplay of children’s acceptance and resistance to coercive control, paying specific attention to embodied experience and use of space. We consider how children articulate their experiences of pain and coercion, how they position themselves as embodied and affective subjects, and challenge Scarry’s (The Body in Pain, OUP, Oxford, 1985) suggestion that embodied pain and violence are inexpressible.

Kjelde: Children’s embodied experience of living with domestic violence: “I’d go into my panic, and shake, really bad”. Callaghan, J.E.M., Alexander, J.H. & Fellin, L.C. Subjectivity (2016) 9: 399. doi:10.1057/s41286-016-0011-9

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Nina Eriksen

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