The sociological significance of domestic violence: Tensions, paradoxes and implications

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Abstract

Sociology and sociological theory has been effective in analyzing societal and institutional conflict and violence, but less so 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 and sociological 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 multifaceted power approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-170
Number of pages19
JournalCurrent Sociology
Volume61
Issue number2
Early online date13 Sep 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

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