Stockholm Syndrome as Vernacular Resource

  title={Stockholm Syndrome as Vernacular Resource},
  author={Michael Adorjan and Tony Christensen and Benjamin Kelly and Dorothy Pawluch},
  journal={The Sociological Quarterly},
  pages={454 - 474}
First coined in 1973 to describe a pathological response on the part of individuals involved in kidnapping or hostage-taking situations, the label “Stockholm syndrome” has since been used in a much broader range of contexts including reference to wife battering and human trafficking, and in debates about gender and race politics as well as international relations. Tracing the domain expansion of Stockholm syndrome since the 1970s, we examine how the label offers claims-makers a device for… 

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[The Stockholm syndrome (attempt at study of its criteria)].

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  • Psychology
    Annales medico-psychologiques
  • 1988
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