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Kersti A. Yllö

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Chapter 2: Through a Feminist Lens: Gender, Diversity, and Violence: Extending the Feminist Framework

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Through a Feminist Lens: Gender, Diversity, and Violence: Extending the Feminist Framework
Through a feminist lens: Gender, diversity, and violence: Extending the feminist framework
Kersti A.Yllö

Violence within the family is as complex as it is disturbing. Compressed into one assault are our deepest human emotions, our sense of self, our power, and our hopes and fears about love and intimacy, as well as the social construction of marriage and its place within the larger society. Despite the issue's complexity, the most fundamental feminist insight into all of this is quite simple: Domestic violence cannot be adequately understood unless gender and power are taken into account.

Looking at domestic violence through a feminist lens is not a simple matter, however. Developing a theoretical, empirical, political, and personal understanding ...

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