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“These essays are exemplary in conceptualization, organization, and delivery. The messages are crystal clear, the readability superb. This book stands as a model of editorial excellence. The design of the volume is unique and responds well to a clear need in the subdiscipline of family violence, which remains fraught with diversity and dissention…. This piece of work is honest and effectively illuminates the growing pains of a very young and ideologically loaded subdiscipline that is anchored by an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous collection of smart people. Current Controversies on Family Violence is a powerful addition to the family violence literature. I recommend it as required reading for family violence courses. Gelles and Loseke are to be commended for their excellent idea, their ...

Controversies in Cause
Controversies in cause

Examining causation is the nexus of research, theory, and social intervention for all social problems, including family violence. Of course, the types of causal connections that are of interest are determined by conceptual frameworks: Chapters in Section I showed how psychological frameworks focus on examining how individual characteristics lead to violent behavior; feminist frameworks conceptualize the conditions and characteristics associated with gender as the cause of violence by men toward women; and sociological frameworks stress how social forces, social processes, and social structures set the stage for violence.

While psychology, feminism, and sociology offer general conceptual frameworks for examining questions about the causes of violence, Section III focuses on two particular controversies. The first involves the relationship between alcohol or other ...

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