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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.

Studying and Researching Men's Violence to Known Women
Studying and researching men's violence to known women

In thinking about, researching and working on and against men's violence to known women, issues of content and process are inextricably linked. Theories, explanations, forms of men's violence are not separated off from the processes of thinking about, acting against and researching violence. Throughout, questions of how to study and research, of methodologies and methods, are absolutely fundamental. It is not possible to take any single part of the research process for granted. For example, to make an arrangement by letter or by telephone or face to face with a man to talk with him about his violence can be problematic.

In some senses, this is just another piece of research; ...

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