Resistance and the paradox of legal entitlement – A theoretical analysis of migrant women’s responses to domestic abuse in the host country

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Graca, S. 2021. Resistance and the paradox of legal entitlement – A theoretical analysis of migrant women’s responses to domestic abuse in the host country. The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law. https://doi.org/10.1080/07329113.2021.1925458
AuthorsGraca, S.
Abstract

This article provides a theoretically informed examination of migrant women’s responses to domestic abuse in the host country. It departs from an analysis of research on South Asian women in England, on Portuguese women in England and on Portuguese women in Canada to suggest that women’s apparent lack of mobilisation of law (primarily by eschewing contact with the justice system of the host country and preferring informality), both perpetuates hegemonic discourses and presents a possibility for change. The theoretical approach undertaken combines literature on legal consciousness, power and resistance, and on socio-cultural structures and barriers that affect migrant women. The article ultimately suggests that, rather than an acceptance of hegemonic discourses, women’s behaviour is best understood as a form of resistance to, and from within, socio-cultural pressures encountered in everyday life; as a form of “entrenched” resistance.

KeywordsResistance; Legal consciousness; Migrant women ; Domestic abuse; Mobilisation of law
Year2021
JournalThe Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0732-9113
2305-9931
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/07329113.2021.1925458
Official URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07329113.2021.1925458
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Online27 May 2021
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Accepted30 Apr 2021
Deposited27 Sep 2021
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