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Norms of Masculinity and the Cultural Narrative of Intimate Partner Violence Among Men in Vietnam

James-Hawkins, Laurie and Salazar, Kelsey and Hennink, Monique M and Ha, Vu Song and Yount, Kathryn M (2016) 'Norms of Masculinity and the Cultural Narrative of Intimate Partner Violence Among Men in Vietnam.' Journal of Interpersonal Violence. ISSN 0886-2605

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Abstract

Semi-structured interviews with 31 men in Hung Yen Province in Northern Vietnam are used to elucidate a conceptual narrative to understand men’s perceptions and perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) in Vietnam. This narrative suggests that cultural definitions of masculinity and changes in women’s participation in the labor force have contributed to status conflicts that normalize IPV as part of masculine superiority. The narratives of both IPV perpetrators and non-perpetrators demonstrate how violence is incorporated into the cultural definition of masculinity and illustrates how men use this definition to minimize their own and other men’s perpetration. We suggest that attempts to reduce IPV in Vietnam must address constructions of masculinity and the socio-historical context of IPV by providing gender-sensitivity training and opportunities for men to evaluate critically how constructions of masculinity in their families and communities contribute to IPV perpetration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: intimate partner violence, masculinity, men’s perpetration, status conflict, Vietnam, qualitative research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 15:32
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21682

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