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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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