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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 ...

Through a Sociological Lens: The Complexities of Family Violence
Through a sociological lens: The complexities of family violence
Donileen R.Loseke

“Family violence” is an umbrella term that encompasses a vast variety of behaviors and people, including violence by parents toward children, violence by children toward parents, violence by men toward women, violence by women toward men, violence by adults toward elderly people, and violence between siblings. In this chapter I explore how sociological perspectives can help in understanding the phenomena of family violence as well as help in understanding the sources of the many controversies surrounding it.

Thinking Sociologically About Family Violence

While terms such as “family violence,” “wife abuse,” or “child abuse” most often are used without definition, a sociological perspective called social constructionism emphasizes examining the ...

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