The social construction of violence: the case of sexual and domestic violence.

@article{Muehlenhard1999TheSC,
  title={The social construction of violence: the case of sexual and domestic violence.},
  author={Charlene L Muehlenhard and L A Kimes},
  journal={Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc},
  year={1999},
  volume={3 3},
  pages={234-45}
}
What counts as "violence" is socially constructed, has varied over time, and reflects power relationships. Informed by social constructionism, we illustrate these points using as examples sexual violence and domestic violence. We review changes in how society and social scientists have defined and understood these topics during the last 30 years. We then discuss 3 areas of continuing controversy: who should decide if sexual or domestic violence has occurred, what to count as sexual and domestic… CONTINUE READING

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