By Jeff R Hearn
Addressing the matter of men's violence to identified ladies, this ebook considers the size of, and seriously reports the theoretical frameworks used to give an explanation for this violence. From the viewpoint of `critical stories on men', Jeff Hearn discusses concerns, demanding situations and attainable examine equipment for these discovering violence. He attracts on large examine to investigate many of the ways that males describe, deny, justify and excuse their violence, and considers the complicated interplay among doing violence and speaking approximately violence. The ebook concludes with a precis of the main concerns for concept, politics, coverage and perform.
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Their own violent change produces their change of others through violence. Echoes of this theme are found in lukes's ( 1 993) book Why Men Hate Women, in which the difficulty of boys' relations with their mothers is seen as remaining a persistent potential, and, for him, an almost inescapable source of hate and violence for men into adult life. The dependency problematic has been taken up more fully by Benjamin ( 1 988) in The Bonds of Love. For her '[d]omination begins with attempts to deny dependency' ( 1 988: 52), and 'the root of domination lies in the breakdown of tension between self and other' ( 1 988: 53).
These connections apply all the more so to men's violence to women, that is, violence by men to those who are different from men. Men's violence to women thus speaks and shows this difference. The difference is produced and reproduced in and through violence. Seeing men's violence in this way means that violence can be considered in relation to the social category of men, men's structural location, and the tension between men as a gender class and differences among men. It also raises the question of how violence relates to different forms of masculinity.
In order to make sense of such variations in humans, Kemper ( 1 990) has argued that there is a need to develop socio-psychoendocrinology, in which reciprocal links are recognized between testosterone, aggression, dominance/ eminence, social structure, and indeed sexual behaviour. 2 Finally, in this section, we need to note those biologically based explana tions of aggression and violence that are couched in terms of human intervention in the biochemical. This is most obviously the case with debates about the effects of steroids (Haupt and Rovere, 1 984).
The Violences of Men: How Men Talk About and How Agencies Respond to Men's Violence to Women by Jeff R Hearn