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Chapter 6: The Text of Violence: (1) How Men Describe Their Violence
Men enjoy many possible alternatives for talking about violence, not least because the repercussions of talking in different ways may not be so very different for the men concerned. Even so, talking about violence provides the means for disclosing violence, or at least a process of talk and silence constructed as ‘self-disclosure’. Paradoxically, for most men, talking of violence - the construction of the text of violence - is a powerful way of distancing themselves from their violence. Indeed the man usually presents himself as at least two selves - the violent self who did the violence; and the talking self being interviewed.
The text of violence ...