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Review of "Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology" by Keidra Chaney

Below is an excerpt from Keidra Chaney's review of Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology, published in the Spring 2007 issue (No. 35) of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture.


The range of contributors is both the book's greatest strength and its weakness. Some of the weaker essays rely too strongly on anecdotal accounts and individualistic analysis, rather than critical inquiry; many read more like position statements, reflecting their conference-presentation origins. The best essays, however, combine anecdotal and personal experience with nuanced critical analysis, such as "Disloyal to Feminism: Abuse of Survivors within the Domestic Violence Shelter System," in which Emi Koyama deftly melds her own experience as a domestic violence shelter worker with short vignettes that critique the criminalization that occurs from within the battered women's shelter system.