Culture and Family Violence: Fostering Change Through Human Rights Law

Pages: 277
Item #: 431639A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-682-5
List Price: $39.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $34.95
Copyright: 2001
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Families should be a safe haven from the trials of life, but tragically they are the source of physical threat to many. Why are some families so violent and how does culture unwittingly sanction such behavior? Roger J. R. Levesque brings his expertise as both a lawyer and a psychologist to this searing analysis of the family. In this eloquent book, he outlines the source for so much of the suffering in families and finds a way out.

Levesque sees the solution to family violence in the mandates of global human rights laws. These mandates regrettably remain ignored, misunderstood, and outside popular consciousness. This text offers an exceptional foundation for understanding the evolving human rights mandates and for seeing how these developments can assist in efforts to understand and respond to family violence. The text reveals how human rights, by harnessing cultural forces, can influence how cultures define certain forms of violence, serve as buffers from violence, and determine the success of intervention efforts. Levesque also charts ways to respect legitimate cultural practices while ensuring greater protections from violence. From psychologists and social workers to family law attorneys and human rights advocates, this book is a must for those concerned with violence prevention and protection.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Family Violence and Human Rights

  1. Traditions and Innovations in Human Rights Law

I. Culture's Role in Family Violence

  1. Family Violence and Cultural Life
  2. Culturally Rooted Challenges to Law Reform

II. Human Rights Responses to Cultural Life and Family Violence

  1. Why Cultural Life Matters to Human Rights Law
  2. Reaching Family Violence Through Human Rights Law

III. Human Rights Law, Culture, and Family Violence in the United States

  1. Human Rights Law and U.S. Law
  2. Cultural Life, Family Violence and U.S. Law
  3. Reconceptualizing Family Violence, Culture and U.S. Law

Table of Authorities

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Author Bio
Roger J. R. Levesque received his JD from Columbia University School of Law and his PhD in cultural psychology from the University of Chicago. He recently was appointed associate professor of psychology and law at the University of Arizona. Before joining the University of Arizona's Psychology, Public Policy and Law Program, he was an assistant professor of criminal justice at Indiana University—Bloomington and was a Fellow in the Law & Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. He has published more than 40 scholarly articles and book chapters that deal with family life, maltreatment, and the law. His most recent books include Child Sexual Abuse: A Human Rights Perspective (Indiana University Press, 1999) and Adolescents, Sex, and the Law: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Citizenship (American Psychological Association, 2000).