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Vanderbilt University Press Fall 2013

Vanderbilt University Press Fall 2013

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Vanderbilt University Press's Fall 2013 catalog, featuring all of our upcoming books for that time period.
Vanderbilt University Press's Fall 2013 catalog, featuring all of our upcoming books for that time period.

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Published by: VUPress on Apr 18, 2013
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Anthropology 5Archaeology 10Business and Labor Relations 4Domestic Violence 1Environmental Studies 5Gender Studies 1Higher Education 4History 2, 3, 6, 7, 9International Relations 2Labor Relations 4Latin American Studies 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10Law 8Literature 7Military History 3Political Science 2, 3Psychotherapy 1Public Policy 3Religion 8Social Movements 5, 6Transatlantic Studies 8, 9US History 2, 3, 6
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Can male batterers change their behavior? 
Unclenching Our Fists
 Abusive Men on the Journey to Nonviolence
Sara elinoff acker
his book eatures eleven rst-personstories o men rom diverse class and
racial backgrounds who have made along-term commitment to end their physicaland emotional abuse and controlling behav-iors. Tese men speak rankly about the abusethey inficted on their amilies, what it took toget them to ace themselves, and how they eelabout the damage they have caused. All par-ticipated in violence intervention programs,some or as long as ten years. o put a aceon violence and to encourage activism orreorm, most o the eleven have allowed theirphotos and real names to be used in the book.Surrounding this material are chaptersthat provide context about the disputesamong researchers about whether battererintervention programs work (only a smallnumber o batterers renounce their abuse)and chapters that address the reactionso partners to these stories. “When theMan You Love Is Abusive” is designed tocaution women not to be manipulatedby accounts o change and to outline thestages men need to pass through in thelong process o becoming accountable.“Te Last Word: Voices o Survivors” endsthe book with a ocus group discussion inwhich ormer abuse victims and advocatesrespond candidly to the men’s stories.
domestic violence / psychotherapy / gender studies
Sara Elinoff Acker 
Abusive Men on theJourney to Nonviolence
I got out o the hospital and got the name o the batterer  program’s director, a man named Steven. I called him or anintake, but I never made the appointment. I kept procrasti-nating. Steven kept calling and asking me about the intake.He called me every week until I nally got mysel in there.I had a lot o ear about going into the program. No guywants to be seen as a batterer. No man worth his salt wantsto be seen as someone who beats up on women. Althoughwe know men do that, this has always been “behind closed doors” stuf. It’s hard to make what was private now publicand to know that you’re going to be in a group with menwho are all batterers. And I know that i I’m in that room, it means I’m one too. Tis was not something that I ound easyto accept.o be really honest about it, there was some crazy sel-deception in my head. I was thinking, “I I do this program,maybe Leticia will stay.” So the program was something I wasdoing to keep the relationship—it wasn’t or me. . . .Te rst day o group, I measured mysel against theother men. I told mysel, “Tese guys are worse than me.” I didn’t want to see mysel like them. I wanted to think I wasdiferent. I was still in denial. . . .
—Steve Jeferson
excerpt from one man’s tale:
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Sr elinof ackr
has been an activistin the battered women’s movementsince 1985. She worked in shelterprograms in Northern Vermont andWestern Massachusetts and in 1992started the partner contact programat Men Overcoming Violence (MOVE)in Amherst. Acker became a certifedbatterer intervention group leader in1996 and ran groups or abusive menor over ten years. She now works as apsychotherapist in private practice.
Unclenching Our Fists,
Sara Elinof Ackerrecounts her remarkable journey rom domesticviolence victim advocate to batterer interventioncounselor as a way to introduce readers to oneo the key lessons her experience taught her:abusive men can—and do—change theirbehavior i they have the courage, and will, todo so. The stories she shares provide powerulevidence o this. Unlike so much else writtenabout men behaving badly, this book isinspiring—and hopeul. It should be widely read.” 
—Jackson Katz,
author o 
The Macho Paradox
 and creator o the documentary flm
Tough Guise
Unclenching Our Fists
ofers rare insight into heartsand minds o men who choose non-violence.Now more than ever, we need these stories andwisdom to point us in the direction o solutions.I’m inspired by the courage o the women whospoke up, the men who listened, and the authoror bringing these stories to our attention.”
—Lonna Davis,
Director, Children and Youth Program,Futures Without Violence

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