Rights talk and the experience of law: Implementing women's human rights to protection from violence

Sally Engle Merry

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    Abstract

    How does a person come to understand his or her problems in terms of rights? This is a critical problem for the battered women's movement as well as for other human rights movements that rely on rights awareness to encourage victims to seek help from the law. The adoption of a rights consciousness requires experiences with the legal system that confirm that subjectivity. Rights-defined selves emerge from supportive encounters with police, prosecutors, judges, and probation officers. This empirical study shows how victims of violence against women come to take on rights consciousness.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)343-381
    Number of pages39
    JournalHuman Rights Quarterly
    Volume25
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - May 2003

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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