Gendered and social hierarchies in problem representation and policy processes: “domestic violence” in Finland and Scotland

Jeff Hearn, Linda McKie

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Abstract

This article identifies and critiques presumptions about gender and violence that continue to frame and inform the processes of policy formation and implementation on domestic violence. It also deconstructs the agendered nature of policy as gendered, multilevel individual and collective action. Drawing on comparative illustrative material from Finland and Scotland, we discuss how national policies and discourses emphasize physical forms of violence, place the onus on the agency of women, and encourage a narrow conceptualization of violence in relationships. The two countries do this in somewhat comparable, though different ways operating within distinct national gender contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-158
Number of pages23
JournalViolence against Women
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Scotland
  • Finland
  • social hierarchies
  • domestic violence
  • gender

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