1st Edition

Men, Masculinities and Intimate Partner Violence

    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    Men, Masculinities and Intimate Partner Violence examines how gender and other social identities and inequalities shape experiences of, and responses to, violence in intimate relationships. It provides new insights into men as both perpetrators and victims of violence, as well as on how to involve men and boys in anti-violence work.

    The chapters explore partner violence from the perspectives of researchers, therapists, activists, organisations, media as well as men of different background and sexual orientation. Highlighting the distinct and ambivalent ways we relate to violence and masculinity, this timely volume provides nuanced approaches to men, masculinity and intimate partner violence in various societies in the global North and South.

    This book foregrounds scholarship on men and masculinities in the context of intimate partner violence. By doing so, it revitalises feminist theorising and research on partner abuse, and brings together the fields of masculinity studies and studies of intimate partner violence. The book will be a vital resource for students and scholars in criminology, gender studies, psychology, social work and sociology, as well as those working with men and boys.

    1. Introduction: What Has Masculinity to Do with Intimate Partner Violence?

    Lucas Gottzén, Margunn Bjørnholt, and Floretta Boonzaier

    2. ‘A Life of Violence’: Some Theoretical/Political/Personal Accountings on ‘Masculinities’ and ‘Intimate Partner Violence’

    Jeff Hearn

    3. Theorising Masculinity and Intimate Partner Violence

    Kalle Berggren, Lucas Gottzén and Hanna Bornäs

    4. Men from the South: Feminist, Decolonial and Intersectional Perspectives on Men, Masculinities and Intimate Partner Violence

    Floretta Boonzaier, Monique Huysamen and Taryn Van Niekerk

    5. The Rape Capital or the Most Gender-equal Country in the World? Masculinity, Hybridity and Young Men’s Intimate Partner Violence in Sweden

    Lucas Gottzén and Kalle Berggren

    6. Masculinist Discourses on Intimate Partner Violence: Antifeminist Men Defending White Heterosexual Male Supremacy

    Mélissa Blais

    7. Behind Closed Doors: Hegemonic Masculinities, Romantic Love, and Sexual Violence in Gay Relationships

    Aliraza Javaid

    8. Exploring Trans Men’s Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence Through the Lens of Cisgenderism

    Michaela Rogers

    9. Male Victims of Violence and Men’s Rights Struggles: A Perfect Match?

    Margunn Bjørnholt and Monika Grønli Rosten

    10. Considering ‘Treatment’ and Gender in Programmes for Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrators

    Marianne Hester and Chris Newman

    11. Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention

    Michael Flood

    12. Positioning as a Tool in Work with Fathers Who Have Been Violent in the Family

    Helena Päivinen, Heli Siltala and Juha Holma

    13. Re-Envisioning Interventions for Partner Violent Men in the Global South Through Decolonial Feminist Praxes

    Taryn Van Niekerk

    14. Rethinking Masculinities, Culture and Interventions with Partner-violent Men in Brazil

    Adriano Beiras


    Lucas Gottzén is Professor at the Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden.

    Margunn Bjørnholt is a sociologist and a Research Professor at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) in Oslo, Norway.

    Floretta Boonzaier is Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town, South Africa and Co-Director of the Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies in Africa.