Gendering violence: masculinity and power in men's accounts of domestic violence                 

 
Author(s) Anderson, Kristin L. and Debra Umberson
Title Gendering violence: masculinity and power in men's accounts of domestic violence
Source Gender & Society, June 2001, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp 358-380
Date 2001
Document type Journal article
Summary This article examines the construction of gender within men's accounts of domestic violence. Participants in this study were 33 men recruited through the Family Violence Diversion Network (FVDN). Most of the FVDN program participants are court mandated to participate in a battering program. The male participants depicted their violence as rational, effective and explosive whereas they represented women's violence as hysterical, trivial and ineffectual. It was found that respondents in this study used diverse and contradictory strategies to gender violence. Respondents sometimes positioned themselves as masculine actors by emphasising their strength, power, and rationality compared with the perceived irrationality and vulnerability of their female partners. One of the conclusions drawn from this study suggests that domestic violence represents an effort to reconstruct a contested and unstable masculinity.
Keywords Gender; violence; feminist; batterers; power
Topic

Domestic violence