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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Not specified
Title: Marital rape. Empirical analysis : discursive problematisation of social phenomena from an intercultural perspective
Authors: Nef, Susanne
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-1456
Published in: Artha - Journal of Social Sciences
Volume(Issue): 16
Issue: 2
Pages: 1
Pages to: 22
Issue Date: Nov-2017
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Christ University
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Bangalore
ISSN: 0975-329X
Language: English
Subjects: Social work; Intercultural research; Marital rape; Perceptual patterns
Subject (DDC): 303: Social processes
362: Health and social services
Abstract: Violence against women is one of the main social problems worldwide. The present article states that perceptions of violence are historically and socially constructed, and the legal status of an act of violent behaviour lies therefore in the social response to this specific behaviour. Thus, marital rape and its recognition are discussed as a new boundary mark because of greater social sensitivity on violence. From an intercultural social work perspective, it is highly relevant to learn more about perceptions of social problems in general and about perceptions of different kinds of violence in particular, to identify potential barriers with the aim to plan adequate interventions. The article presents findings from expert interviews related to the perception and the intervention structure contextualised by the discourse on marital rape in India. It concludes six main implications for intercultural social work, such as (1) support for empathy, (2) strengthening couple interaction, (3) inclusion of peer-educators, (4) strengthening women‘s negotiating competence, and (5) sensitization work. The main finding (6) states that in all of these settings, the role of the family system should not be underestimated, and whenever possible couple counseling should be considered. Viewed against the background of the highly individualised Swiss society, this is a finding, which needs to be taken into careful account in Swiss intercultural social work.
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Departement: Social Work
Organisational Unit: Institute of Diversity and Social Integration (IVGT)
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