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The Resource Tainted witness : why we doubt what women say about their lives, Leigh Gilmore

Tainted witness : why we doubt what women say about their lives, Leigh Gilmore

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Tainted witness : why we doubt what women say about their lives
Title
Tainted witness
Title remainder
why we doubt what women say about their lives
Statement of responsibility
Leigh Gilmore
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
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. 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. -- Inside jacket flap
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1959-
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Gilmore, Leigh
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Gender and culture
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  • Sex discrimination against women
  • Sex discrimination
  • Sex discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • Witnesses
  • Crime
  • Women
  • False testimony
  • Feminist theory
Label
Tainted witness : why we doubt what women say about their lives, Leigh Gilmore
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 218 pages
Isbn
9780231177146
Lccn
2016033453
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
System control number
(OCoLC)950448502
Label
Tainted witness : why we doubt what women say about their lives, Leigh Gilmore
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 218 pages
Isbn
9780231177146
Lccn
2016033453
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
System control number
(OCoLC)950448502

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