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Chapter 7: The Text of Violence: (2) How Men Account for Their Violence
When men account for violence, they are often both giving an explanation and constructing a rationale for that violence. Sometimes explicitly, often inadvertently, these interviews, like other talk about violence, provided the opportunity for men to justify and/or excuse their violence to women. The means of doing this are varied and at times extremely convoluted; they often draw on several different modes of accounting, within one interview, or even one statement or sentence.
All of the men interviewed were able to give some kind of account of their violence, an account that was of varying credibility. In giving an account of his violence the man ...