"he beat her so hard she fell head over heels": Normalising wife abuse in Colombia

Laura Tolton

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    Abstract

    This chapter focuses on the discursive strategy of normalisation as one way wife abuse is legitimated in Colombia, exploring specific cultural aspects of this strategy and relating them to a more universal patriarchal ideology about violence against women. This study lies at the intersection of research concerning violence against women, discourse analysis, and Colombian culture. Critical discourse analysis (van Dijk 1993, 2001) and grounded theory (Corbin and Strauss 2008) are brought together to form a methodology for examining the legitimation (Pardo Abril 2007; van Leeuwen 2007) of violence against women in newspaper internet forums. The data set consists of internet forum discussions in the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo about a case of wife abuse. Drawing on sayings, metaphors, euphemisms, and jokes, this chapter shows how wife abuse is normalised in these El Tiempo forums. The postings employ discourses which suggest that violence is an acceptable and even important part of intimate partner relationships. The data analysed in this chapter elucidates part of an ideology in which masculinity is linked to authority, abuse is related to love, and suffering is part of femininity, in this way illustrating the connection between a centuries-old patriarchal ideology (Fernández Poncela 2002) and the normalisation of wife abuse in contemporary Colombian society
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLiving with patriarchy:Discursive constructions of gendered subjects across cultures
    EditorsDanijela Majstorovic, Inger Lassen
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherJohn Benjamins
    Chapter2
    Pages17-48
    Number of pages32
    ISBN (Print)9789027206367
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    abuse
    violence
    ideology
    normalization
    discourse analysis
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    joke
    legitimation
    femininity
    grounded theory
    masculinity
    love
    metaphor
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    Tolton, L. (2011). "he beat her so hard she fell head over heels": Normalising wife abuse in Colombia. In D. Majstorovic, & I. Lassen (Eds.), Living with patriarchy:Discursive constructions of gendered subjects across cultures (pp. 17-48). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/dapsac.45.03tol
    Tolton, Laura. / "he beat her so hard she fell head over heels": Normalising wife abuse in Colombia. Living with patriarchy:Discursive constructions of gendered subjects across cultures. editor / Danijela Majstorovic ; Inger Lassen. Amsterdam : John Benjamins, 2011. pp. 17-48
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    Tolton L. "he beat her so hard she fell head over heels": Normalising wife abuse in Colombia. In Majstorovic D, Lassen I, editors, Living with patriarchy:Discursive constructions of gendered subjects across cultures. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 2011. p. 17-48 https://doi.org/10.1075/dapsac.45.03tol