Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)
Masculinity and Violence
Whether we are concerned with battles on the football terraces or the films of Clint Eastwood, the rational conduct of modern warfare or more individual and less controlled manifestations of aggression, the links between the terms ‘masculinity’ and ‘violence’ would seem to be straightforward and, for many people, almost ‘natural’. Where women have engaged in, or been associated with, violent activities this involvement has usually been carefully circumscribed and indeed often stigmatised as unnatural or abnormal. As Virginia Woolf (1977) wrote:
… to fight has always been the man’s habit, not the woman’s. Law and practice have developed that difference, whether innate or accidental. (p. 9)
KeywordsDepression Social Stratification Hull Defend Metaphor
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