The Sociology of Gaslighting

@article{Sweet2019TheSO,
  title={The Sociology of Gaslighting},
  author={Paige L. Sweet},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  year={2019},
  volume={84},
  pages={851 - 875}
}
Gaslighting—a type of psychological abuse aimed at making victims seem or feel “crazy,” creating a “surreal” interpersonal environment—has captured public attention. Despite the popularity of the term, sociologists have ignored gaslighting, leaving it to be theorized by psychologists. However, this article argues that gaslighting is primarily a sociological rather than a psychological phenomenon. Gaslighting should be understood as rooted in social inequalities, including gender, and executed… Expand
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