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Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Gilmore, Leigh

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In 1991, Anita Hill's testimony during Clarence Thomas's Senate confirmation hearing brought the problem of sexual harassment to a public audience. Although widely believed by women, Hill was defamed by conservatives and Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. The tainting of ...Hill and her testimony is part of a larger social history in which women find themselves caught up in a system that refuses to believe what they say. Hill's experience shows how a tainted witness is not who someone is, but what someone can become. Why are women so often considered unreliable witnesses to their own experiences? How are women discredited in legal courts and in courts of public opinion? Why is women's testimony so often mired in controversies fueled by histories of slavery and colonialism? How do new feminist witnesses enter testimonial networks and disrupt doubt? Tainted Witness examines how gender, race, and doubt stick to women witnesses as their testimony circulates in search of an adequate witness. Judgment falls unequally upon women who bear witness, as well-known conflicts about testimonial authority in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries reveal. Women's testimonial accounts demonstrate both the symbolic potency of women's bodies and speech in the public sphere and the relative lack of institutional security and control to which they can lay claim. Each testimonial act follows in the wake of a long and invidious association of race and gender with lying that can be found to this day within legal courts and everyday practices of judgment, defining these locations as willfully unknowing and hostile to complex accounts of harm. Bringing together feminist, literary, and legal frameworks, Leigh Gilmore provides provocative readings of what happens when women's testimony is discredited. She demonstrates how testimony crosses jurisdictions, publics, and the unsteady line between truth and fiction in search of justice.
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ISBN 9780231177153
Released NZ 15 Aug 2018
Publisher Columbia University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Alternate Format(s) View All (2 other possible title(s) available)
Series Gender and Culture Series
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ISBN-13 9780231177153
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 15 Aug 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Gilmore, Leigh
Series Gender and Culture Series
Category Award Winning
Women's Studies
English law: gender law
Courts & Procedure
Criminal Law
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Dewey Code 347.066082
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Witnesses - Social aspects - United States, Trials - Social aspects - United States, Truthfulness and falsehood - Social aspects - United States, Sex discrimination in criminal justice administration - United States, Sexism - United States
NBS Text Gender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;College/higher education