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Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men's Accounts of Domestic Violence

Kristin L. Anderson and Debra Umberson
Gender and Society
Vol. 15, No. 3 (Jun., 2001), pp. 358-380
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3081889
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Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men's Accounts of Domestic Violence
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Abstract

This article examines the construction of gender within men's accounts of domestic violence. Analyses of in-depth interviews conducted with 33 domestically violent heterosexual men indicate that these batterers used diverse strategies to present themselves as nonviolent, capable, and rational men. Respondents performed gender by contrasting effectual male violence with ineffectual female violence, by claiming that female partners were responsible for the violence in their relationships and by constructing men as victims of a biased criminal justice system. This study suggests that violence against female partners is a means by which batterers reproduce a binary framework of gender.

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