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Kvinnomisshandlaren och maskulinitetens monstruösa framtid
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, Vol. 36, no 1-2, 7-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, the monstrous “woman batterer” is used as a figuration and made a point of departure in order to destabilise masculine ontology. The monster is here seen as a deviant figure that gives meaning to the normal, but also as a figure that blurs the borders between the strange/unfamiliar and the known/familiar due to its contingent ontological position. This argument is developed by analysing two sources of material: a newspaper column by a conservative male author, which shows how partner-violent men are understood as monstrous woman batterers, who are seen as the Other of “normal”, gender-equal Swedish men; and qualitative interviews with 44 partner-violent men, demonstrating how they distance themselves from the “woman batterer” figure and instead understand the woman batterer as a deviant and monstrous masculinity they do not want to be associated with. The fact that “normal” men cannot completely disassociate from the monster makes it threatening – it endangers the ontological coherence of masculinity. Paradoxically, the woman batterer therefore enables a “monstrous future” – it opens up for a volatile and vulnerable masculine becoming. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 36, no 1-2, 7-27 p.
Keyword [en]
Figuration, masculinity, men’s violence, monsters, woman batterer
Keyword [sv]
figuration, maskulinitet, mäns våld, monster, kvinnomisshandlare
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Gender Studies Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119735OAI: diva2:826569
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2015-06-25 Created: 2015-06-25 Last updated: 2015-08-12

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