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PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION:

“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 ...

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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