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Donileen R. Loseke & Demie Kurz

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Chapter 5: Men's Violence Toward Women Is the Serious Social Problem

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Men's Violence Toward Women Is the Serious Social Problem
Men's violence toward women is the serious social problem
Donileen R.Loseke, DemieKurz

Our purpose in this chapter is to summarize, from a feminist perspective, differences in the two most important approaches to violence in heterosexual, marriage-type relationships. The feminist theoretical framework argues that violence must be located within the gendered context of men's and women's lives. Understanding violence as a gendered phenomenon leads to a focus on the problems of violence against women. In contrast, the family conflict approach (Straus, this volume) believes it is important to examine all violent behavior and argues that there is gender symmetry in the use of violence. In this chapter, we argue that the violence against women approach is best suited to ...

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