Critical Criminology

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 1–16 | Cite as

Toward a Gendered Social Bond/Male Peer Support Theory of University Woman Abuse

  • Alberto Godenzi
  • Martin D. Schwartz
  • Walter S. Dekeseredy


Despite many calls for integratedwoman abuse theories, few have made any suchattempts. Taking as a starting point thatgender blind and conservative theories maystill have some value, Hirschi's social bondtheory is examined with insights from feministmale peer support theory and other criticalperspectives. The goal is not a formal newtheory but rather a heuristic designed to showthe value of adding feminist insight to genderblind theory. Hirschi is turned upside downhere with an argument that attachment andinvolvement with conventional peers may in factpromulgate violence against women thecollege campuses when it is noted thatconventional institutions are patriarchal andpart of a rape culture. University groups(social fraternities, sports teams, etc.) mayenforce adherence through homophobia and grouppressure, while promoting a hypermasculineculture that encourages men to use coercion andforce to increase their count of sexualencounters.


Sport Team Woman Abuse Gender Social Support Theory Peer Support 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Godenzi
    • 1
  • Martin D. Schwartz
    • 2
  • Walter S. Dekeseredy
    • 2
  1. 1.Boston CollegeUSA
  2. 2.Ohio UniversityUSA

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