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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 Conceptualization
Controversies in conceptualization

This book is about controversies, and many disagreements about specific issues have the common beginning of failure to agree on conceptual frameworks. Conceptual frameworks answer the question: What type of problem are we dealing with? Is violence a problem of individual people? Is it rather created by characteristics of the social order? If so, which characteristics of the social order are most important? Conceptualizing violence as a particular type of problem explicitly answers questions about the problem's cause, and this, in turn, implicitly answers questions about what should be done to eliminate violence.

Here we offer the three most common general frameworks for conceptualizing family violence. Donald Dutton and Mark Bodnarchuk introduce a psychological perspective, Kersti Yllö argues for a feminist ...

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