In Battering States: The Politics of Domestic Violence in Israel, anthropologist Madelaine Adelman utilizes an impressive array of ethnographic methods to examine how statecraft shapes domestic violence. Her thoughtful project is interdisciplinary in nature and analyzes when and how intimate partner violence intersects with cultural politics of the state. Her focus centers on Israel, where a number of distinctive factors make this a particularly compelling site for the type of study in which she engages: the existence of a “contentious multinational and multiethnic population,” “competing and overlapping sets of religious civil family law” (p. 2), pervasive state securitism and political violence, and widening economic disparity. As Adelman argues, while this exact combination of processes is unique to Israel, its component parts are not atypical of states with diverse populations in an era of globalization.
Amy Leisenring. "Book Review: Battering States: The Politics of Domestic Violence in Israel. By Madelaine Adelman. Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press, 2017. Pp. xiv+290. $69.95 (cloth); $34.95 (paper)." American Journal of Sociology (2018): 580-582. doi:10.1086/698889