1st Edition

Interconnecting the Violences of Men Continuities and Intersections in Research, Policy and Activism

Edited By Kate Seymour, Bob Pease, Sofia Strid, Jeff Hearn Copyright 2025
    296 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book aims to expand and enrich understandings of violences by focusing on gendered continuities, interconnections and intersections across multiple forms and manifestations of men’s violence. In actively countering, both, the compartmentalisation of studies of violence by ‘type’ and form, and the tendency to conceptualise violence narrowly, it aims to flesh out – not delimit - understandings of violence.

    Bringing together cross-disciplinary, indeed transdisciplinary, perspectives, this book addresses how - what are often seen as - specific and separate violences connect closely and intricately with wider understandings of violence, how there are gendered continuities between violences, and how gendered violences take many forms and manifestations and are themselves intersectional. Grounded by the recognition that violence is, itself, a form of inequality, the contributors to this volume traverse the intersectional complexities across, both, experiences of violent inequality, and what is seen to ‘count’ as violence.

    The international scope of this book will be of interest to students and academics across many fields including sociology, criminology, psychology, social work, politics, gender studies, child and youth studies, military and peace studies, environmental studies, and colonial studies, as well as practitioners, activists and policy makers engaged in violence prevention.

    1. Interconnecting the violences of men: Continuities and intersections in research, policy and activism
    Kate Seymour, Bob Pease, Sofia Strid and Jeff Hearn 

    2. What’s in a name? Theorizing the inter-relationships of gender and violence
    Karen Boyle 

    3. (De)Culturalizing the problem of men’s violences: The case of online debates on violence committed by migrant men
    Tuija Virkki and Satu Venäläinen 

    4. Men's violences in relation to children and young people
    Maria Eriksson and Keith Pringle 

    5. Violences in children’s and young people’s lives: Continuities and contradictions in counteracting the violence
    Linnéa Bruno  

    6. Violence against gay/homosexual and trans women as ‘failed men’
    Stephen Tomsen 

    7. Men’s anti-queer violence: The enduring impact of colonial era sex and gender binaries
    Karen Graaff 

    8. Dilemmas, pained frustration, and new possibilities: Masculinities, violences, and disabilities
    Henri Myrttinen, Nurseli Yeşim Sünbüloğlu, and Yandisa Sikweyiya 

    9. Reframing the narrative: The processes and outcomes of men’s victimisation in human trafficking
    Polina Smiragina-Ingelström

    10. Rethinking the gendering of agency in male suicide: More-than-human connections in violence against the self
    Katrina Jaworski 

    11. Gendered entanglements of men’s violence against the self and violence against women
    Denise Buiten 

    12. The violences of settler colonialism and the maintenance of the heteropatriarchal social order
    Sarah Maddison and Julia Hurst 

    13. Men, war, and logics of practicality: The interlinkage between gender constructions and individual violence
    Hendrik Quest 

    14. Environmental violence and men’s violence: What are the connections?
    Stephen R Burrell

    15. Men, masculinities and violence against non-human animals: Towards an intersectional approach
    Kadri Aavik 

    16. Epistemic violence: An analytic tool for theorising interconnection of violences
    Moira Pérez and Amalín Ramos-Mesa 

    17. Interconnecting violences for research, policy and activism: Concluding reflections
    Jeff Hearn, Sofia Strid, Bob Pease and Kate Seymour


    Kate Seymour is a Senior Social Work Academic and Criminologist at Flinders University, South Australia, whose work focuses on the socio-cultural contexts for violence. Her research builds on her own experience in direct practice with men who use violence as well as her theoretical grounding across the fields of social work and criminology. Her recent book, with Sarah Wendt and Kris Natalier, Responding to domestic violence: Difficult conversations, was published in 2023.

    Bob Pease is an Honorary Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. He has published extensively on masculinity politics and critical social work practice. His most recent books include Undoing privilege (revised edition), 2022, and Posthumanism and the man question: Beyond anthropocentric masculinities, co-editor, 2023.

    Sofia Strid is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Strid has worked extensively on developing concepts, methodologies, and policy for theorising, measuring and preventing gender-based violence. Her work has been published in Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Sex Research, Politics and Governance, Social Politics, Social Problems, Sociology, Theory & Society, and Violence against Women.

    Jeff Hearn is Professor Emeritus, Hanken School of Economics, Finland: Senior Professor, Human Geography, Örebro University, Sweden; and Professor of Sociology, University of Huddersfield, UK. Recent books include Digital gender-sexual violations, with Matthew Hall and Ruth Lewis, 2022, and Routledge handbook on men, masculinities and organizations, co-edited with Kadri Aavik, David L. Collinson and Anika Thym, 2024.