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TitleTelling the untellable - traditional beliefs related to violence against women in a rural Newfoundland community
AuthorKeeping, Neachel, 1971-
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2001. Folklore
Paginationvii, 119 leaves
SubjectAbused women--Newfoundland and Labrador; Violence--Newfoundland and Labrador
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Folklore
Spatial CoverageCanada--Newfoundland and Labrador
NotesBibliography: leaves 107-119
AbstractThrough an analysis of five women's personal experience narratives, this thesis examines traditional coping strategies used by victims of violence in the Newfoundland outport of Town's Grove. I discovered the primary coping mechanism chosen by these women was silence. Consequently, I explore the belief systems of these women in order to express the importance of silence in their lives. -- The first two chapters introduce five women growing up in rural Newfoundland and provide a definition of "rural." With a presentation of their life histories, I discuss how their lifestyles and personal experiences inform their attitudes and worldviews regarding violence against them. -- In the next chapter I draw a comparison between these women's definitions and those taken from feminist literature. A discussion of the importance of naming in defining violence against women concludes the chapter. -- Chapters four and five detail the coping strategies used by the women interviewed and review how they are often not successful strategies for change. Although resources such as the church and the law were available to women in Town's Grove, they preferred their own informal strategies such as minimization, role obstruction and silence. I conclude with a look at the long-term effects of violence on the women I interviewed. I also briefly discuss some postulated reasons why women may stay in abusive relationships.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera1539393
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
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