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The problem of men's violence to known women-principally wives, partners, girlfriends-is, at last, more widely recognized. The Violences of Men addresses the problem of men's violence to known women within the broad context of men's use of power and violence in society. Jeff Hearn considers the scale of men's violence against women, and critically reviews the theoretical frameworks that are used to explain this violence. From the perspective of “critical studies of men,” he discusses issues, challenges, and possible research methods for those studying and researching violence, and particularly men's violence to known women. He then draws on extensive original research to analyze the various ways in which men describe, deny, justify, and excuse their violence, and considers the complex interaction between doing violence and talking about violence. He goes on to examine agencies' responses to men's violence, ranging from avoidance to policy and practice innovations and possibilities, before discussing ways that some men may move away from violence. The Violences of Men makes an important contribution both to theoretical debates about how to understand men's violence, and to debates on appropriate policy and practice in response to that violence.

Key Issues for Theory, Politics, Policy and Practice
Key issues for theory, politics, policy and practice

Men's violence to known women is an urgent political problem - the kind of problem that is often obscured and ignored in dominant constructions of ‘politics’. This chapter reviews and debates a range of key questions around men's violence to known women. In each case the attempt is made to both discuss the issue concerned and develop some provisional conclusions. It is more important to move debate on than to argue prematurely for some false solution.

Violence and the Recognition of Violence

The doing of violence affects the construction - the very recognition - of violence, of what counts as violence. The more that violence occurs, the greater the number of violent occasions ...

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