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Encountering "hot" anger. Domestic violence in contemporary Vietnam
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies.
2003 (English)In: Violence against Women, ISSN 1077-8012, Vol. 9, no 6, 676-697 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines husband-to-wife violence within a rural Vietnamese community. In Vietnam, domestic violence is tied to a complex field of cultural forces that consists of a patrilineal tradition of ancestor worship, assumptions about females' versus males' character, Confucian virtues, and a history of war. Females are expected to encourage household harmony by adjusting themselves and, in so doing, make social life smooth. Males, on the other hand, are assumed to have a hot character, meaning that a male mightily into a rage and even behave violently. Local ways of constructing females and males, the article suggests, provide conditions for considering females as a corporeal materiality that can be manipulated into the right shape by the means of (male) violence. Domestic violence, like any other violence, by ignoring the corporeal limits thus brutally alters assumptions about the topography of the human body. © 2003 Sage Publications.

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2003. Vol. 9, no 6, 676-697 p.
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Confucian virtues, Domestic violence, Vietnam
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46603DOI: 10.1177/1077801203009006004OAI: diva2:267499
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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