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ERIC Number: ED359483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Pages: 28
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Battered Husbands and Battered Wives: Why One Is a Social Problem and the Other Is Not.
Lucal, Betsy
A number of factors came together in the 1970s to create a social problem called "battered wives". Then, beginning in 1977, there was an attempt to create a social problem called "battered husbands." So far, such attempts have been unsuccessful. This analysis compares the issue of battered husbands and battered wives to determine why one was successfully constructed as a social problem while the other was not. The development of the two issues is delineated, and then compared. The results of the comparison show that the factors that were present in the construction of battered wives as a social problem--a social movement, professional and mass media attention, and appropriate gender images--were not present for battered husbands. The existence of the feminist movement and the battered women's movement helped establish battered wives as a social problem while gender images supported the notion of women as appropriate and acceptable victims of violence by their husbands. These findings suggest that a climate that supported the existence and maintenance of one of these social problems could not, and has not, supported the institutionalization of the other. (Author/BF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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