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The Violences of Men
How Men Talk About and How Agencies Respond to Men's Violence to Women


August 1998 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

 
PART ONE: SETTING THE SCENE
 
Introduction
 
Definitions and Explanations of Men's Violence
 
Studying and Researching Men's Violence to Known Women
 
PART TWO: TALKING VIOLENCE
 
Violence and Talking about Violence
 
The Contexts of Violence
 
The Text of Violence
(1) How Men Describe Their Violence  
 
The Text of Violence
(2) How Men Account for Their Violence  
 
The Sexual Subtexts of Talk about Violence
 
PART THREE: RESPONDING TO VIOLENCE?
 
In and around Agencies
 
Moving Away from Violence?
 
PART FOUR: REVIEWING THE PROBLEM
 
Key Issues for Theory, Politics, Policy and Practice

`This book can be read in many different ways, for example as a research report, a discussion of research methods, an example of deconstructing interview accounts, a theoretical debate on men's violence, or a series of recommendations on professional practice. It provides a good example of how theory, empirical research and professional practice can be integrated and will hopefully encourage individual practitioners and agencies to develop more proactive responses to violence by men to known women' - British Journal of Social Work

`This is a highly readable and informative text. Men's violence towards women remains a pressing issue and texts such as this, which deconstruct men's accounts of violence and consider the links between articulating and doing violence are, therefore, highly valuable.' - Sociology

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