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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 Definition and Measurement
Controversies in definition and measurement

Once violence has been defined as a particular type of problem, the next question is how to explicitly define and measure it so that research can be done to examine its causes and consequences. At the heart of each controversy in this section are different images of what, specifically, should be defined and measured as a social problem that should be resolved.

The first controversy is as old as the study of family violence itself: How troublesome is women's violence toward men? Murray Straus believes that women's violence is a major social problem that should be publicly condemned and eliminated. In contrast, Donileen Loseke and Demi Kurz argue that women's violence toward men is not the same ...

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