• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Violence and Talking about Violence
Violence and talking about violence

In order to stop men's violence to known women, it is probably useful to understand how men understand violence. Men may talk about their violence to known women before, during or after the violence. Men may talk to the women concerned, to relatives, friends, agency staff, interviewers. Talking about violence is assumed to be reporting past events; it is also much more and much less than that. Thus these are not ‘true’ explanations; rather they are part of the way in which violence is often continued, less often contradicted. Talking about violence might involve defensiveness, diversion, denial, as well as directness, even bragging. Talking about violence can be exciting, convey threat, be ‘really interesting’, be mundane, sometimes ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles