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Displaying shame: men’s violence towards women in a culture of gender equality
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2016 (English)In: Response-based approaches to the study of interpersonal violence / [ed] Margareta Hydén, David Gadd, Allan Wade, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 156-175 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Shame has been identified as a pivotal emotion in order to understand men’s violence, that repressing shame generates men’s aggression and violent behaviour, or that the community may make the man desist through communicating how shameful his violent crime is. In contrast, and inspired by affect theory, I argue that shame is a resource for perpetrators managing the boundaries produced between ‘normal’ and deviant men. Drawing on interviews with 44 Swedish men that have physically abused their female partners, the chapter explores how partner-violent men experience and communicate their feelings of shame. I analyse how the men display shame in order to manage anticipated and actual responses to their violence from friends, family, colleagues, and others. 

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London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 156-175 p.
Keyword [en]
emotions, masculinity, responses, shame, violence against women
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Gender Studies Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122299ISBN: 9781137409539OAI: diva2:865627
Available from: 2015-10-28 Created: 2015-10-28 Last updated: 2016-02-25Bibliographically approved

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