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Why Domestic Violence is a Central Issue for Sociology and Social Theory: Tensions, Paradoxes, and Implications

Hearn, Jeff (2014) Why Domestic Violence is a Central Issue for Sociology and Social Theory: Tensions, Paradoxes, and Implications. Gender, Equal Opportunities, Research, 15 (1). pp. 16-28. ISSN 1213-0028

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Abstract

Sociology and sociological theory have been effective in analyzing societal and institutional conflict and violence, but less so in analyzing the specifics of interpersonal violence. This article examines the sociological significance of domestic violence. This relationship, or sometimes its neglect, is underlain by several tensions and paradoxes, which in turn have broader implications for sociology, sociological theory and social theory. These matters are examined through: the possible paradox of violence and intimacy in the phenomenon of domestic violence; the importance of the naming and framing of such violence; explanation, responsibility and agency; and gender, hegemony and discourse in men’s violence to known women, as part of a multi-faceted power approach.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: domestic violence, intimacy, masculinities, men, sociology, transnational, violence, women
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2014 09:55
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2016 08:36
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/21873

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