Douglas Schrock (Florida State University), Janice McCabe (Dartmouth
College), and Christian Vaccaro (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) won
the 2019 Maines Award for their work published in Symbolic Interaction, “Narrative Manhood Acts: BattererIntervention Program Graduates’ TragicRelationships” In this
article, the authors analyze how twenty graduates of a Batterer Intervention Program constructed autobiographical stories about their relationships with women they assaulted. They focus on the presentation of gendered selves via narrative manhood acts, which they define as self-narratives that signify membership in the category “man” and the possession of a masculine self. Their study demonstrates the usefulness of narrative analysis for research on batterers’ accounts and manhood acts, and also shows how oppositional genre-making can be a method to resist organizational narratives.
Couch Center wishes to thank the hard work of the Maines Award Review
Committee members to make the award evaluation posssible—Elaine Jenks (West
Chester University), William Rawlins (Ohio University), Jim Thomas
(Northern Illinois University) and Jeff Ulmer (Pennsylvania State
The Maines Award is an annual competition, open to both students and the
faculty who submit papers that (1) interpret or address Maines’ pragmatist
approaches, (2) apply Maines’ narrative concepts to a social/communication
event, (3) develop aspects of Maines’ scholarship in new directions, or (4)
integrate the humanistic development of narrative and Maines’ pragmatist
conceptual and theoretical direction. For more information about Maines
Award, please visit the Couch Center website at https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.cccsir.com&data=01%7C01%7Cdirk.vom_lehn%40kcl.ac.uk%7Ced802d43a14c4c6d18a308d771dbf364%7C8370cf1416f34c16b83c724071654356%7C0&sdata=7%2FAYT5AA%2F4mewSx4c5XiE7KUNow8sBopeqeUfR5Uluo%3D&reserved=0, or
Shing-Ling Sarina Chen at email@example.com.