Serious Emotions: On Some Emotions in Working on Men's Violences and Violences to Women

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Both more immediate and longer-term forms of emotion are highly relevant to researching on violence. This chapter discusses: how emotions can be important in organising research on violence; emotions in doing research the field, and in interviewing men on violence; the relations between the emotions of interviewees and the emotions of researchers; as well as emotions between men, and emotions in analysis and writing up research material. In addition, emotion can work in a more muted, longer-term way, and can be linked with: first, the very practice of doing direct research on violence itself; second, less immediate, more distanced violence or the use of more distanced research methods on violence; and, third, managerial, administrative and educational tasks on and around violence. I call these the emotions of gravity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationViolence, Gender and Affect
Subtitle of host publicationInterpersonal, Institutional and Ideological Practices
EditorsMarita Husso, Sanna Karkulehto, Aarno Laitila, Jari Eilola, Heli Siltala
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, Cham
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030569303
ISBN (Print)9783030569297
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2021

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology


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