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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.

Definitions and Explanations of Men's Violence
Definitions and explanations of men's violence

To analyse and to oppose men's violence means considering possible definitions and possible explanations of violence. This may seem obvious enough. Debates, policies, politics and interventions against men's violence are very much about contesting and contested definitions and explanations of violence. However, there are dangers in reifying a particular definition of violence as absolutely the most appropriate, and in explaining away violence through particular explanations and causes. It is more important to appreciate the changing definitions of violence through time and place - to evaluate and contribute to the historical and cultural process of naming, whereby different actions and structures have been named as violence. Likewise, the aesthetic appeal of causes can be misleading ...

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