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Violence in ContextCurrent Evidence on Risk, Protection, and Prevention$
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Todd I. Herrenkohl, Eugene Aisenberg, James Herbert Williams, and Jeffrey M. Jenson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369595

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369595.001.0001

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Culture, Intersectionality, and Interrelatedness of Forms of Violence

Culture, Intersectionality, and Interrelatedness of Forms of Violence

Considerations in the Study of Violence and Violence Prevention

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(p.171) 9 Culture, Intersectionality, and Interrelatedness of Forms of Violence
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Violence in Context
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Eugene Aisenberg

Gita Mehrotra

Amelia Gavin

Jennifer Bowman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369595.003.0009

Previous chapters of the book have provided current findings on risk factors, protective factors, and outcomes of violence exposure in children. This chapter summarizes important findings on prevention and intervention programs. While research shows that violence can be addressed through planned interventions, fundamental questions remain about the nature of violence and its root causes; how violence is perceived; and how it is conceptualized and understood in research and practice. Also, as discussed throughout the book, gender and ethnicity are important variables that help shape the context of violence. Yet, the role of gender, ethnicity, and other social identities in the etiology and prevention of violence remain only partly understood. Issues of culture, oppression, and discrimination also require further discussion to arrive at a more complete understanding of violence in context.This chapter seeks to highlight the role of culture in framing an individual’s beliefs and understanding of violence. It also discusses issues of structural inequality, social power, and dominance of one group over others, and the ways in which these factors perpetuate violence at a societal level. Additionally, the chapter discusses the intersection of identity categories, such as gender, age, race, ethnicity, class, religion, sexual orientation, immigration history, and poverty in relation to violence. The intent is to begin a conversation about a paradigm shift in which these issues are considered more fully in violence research, theory, and practice.

Keywords:   culture, oppression, discrimination, violence, violence prevention, context of violence, paradigm shift, definitions of violence, gender, age, race, ethnicity, intersectionality

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