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“You’re in that realm of unpredictability”: mateship, loyalty and men challenging men who use domestic violence against women

Towns, Alison J. and Terry, Gareth (2012). “You’re in that realm of unpredictability”: mateship, loyalty and men challenging men who use domestic violence against women. Violence Against Women, 20(8) pp. 1012–1036.

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Abstract

This study reports on discourse analysis of transcripts from focus group discussions held with 28 ‘ordinary’ men about domestic violence. Two broad ‘mateship’ themes emerged: 1) A strong ‘mateship’ discourse that produced public/private boundaries around discussions about intimate heterosexual relationships. Policed by the threat of violence, these boundaries prevented some men from challenging men about their violence. 2) ‘Loyalty to mates’ discourses constituted attention to men’s violence against women as threatening the moral integrity of all men. Finally, some men positioned themselves against men’s domestic violence: distinguishing their masculinity from men who abuse women. Implications for prevention campaigns are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1552-8448
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetAccident Compensation Corporation (ACC), Wellington, New Zealand.
Keywords: domestic violence; masculinity
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
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Item ID: 34812
Depositing User: Gareth Terry
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2012 09:30
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2014 19:27
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/34812
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