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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 Social Intervention
Controversies in social intervention

The focus of this volume so far has been on the disagreements among experts about how family violence should be conceptualized, defined, or measured; nor do the experts agree about the causes of family violence. While such controversies certainly inform and shape the practical world, they are, in many ways, academic debates about how family violence should be studied. Family violence, however, also is a practical problem to be resolved. What should the public do about this violence? In an ideal world, social interventions would be based upon agreements about proper conceptualizations, definitions, and measurements. In an ideal world, interventions would be based upon agreements about the causes of violence. Our world is not ideal. Questions about social ...

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