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Rebecca Emerson Dobash & Russell P. Dobash

In: Rethinking Violence Against Women

Chapter 6: Violent Men and Violent Contexts

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Violent Men and Violent Contexts
Violent men and violent contexts
Rebecca EmersonDobash and Russell P.Dobash

Popular conceptions of violent acts and those who commit them often reflect the notion that this is mindless, incomprehensible, unpredictable, and unpatterned behavior enacted by the alcoholic, the mentally unstable, or the socially desperate. Such notions are less uncomfortable and less challenging than the notion that violence might be functional, intentional, and patterned. If violence is a form of random deviance rather than a reflection of recurring social relations, then one need not worry about the shape and form of everyday social life but only about deviations from it. The concern about violence and its attending circumstances can thereby be removed from the concerns of those who have had no direct experience ...

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