The Social Construction of Violence: The Case of Sexual and Domestic Violence

We review changes in how society and social scientists have defined and understood these topics during the last 30 years

Charlene L. Muehlenhard

2005

Scholarcy highlights

  • What counts as “violence” is socially constructed, has varied over time, and reflects power relationships. 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 discuss 3 areas of continuing controversy: who should decide if sexual or domestic violence has occurred, what to count as sexual and domestic violence, and the role of gender in defining sexual and domestic violence

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