Losing Entitlement, Regaining Control

Jacqui True

in The Political Economy of Violence against Women

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755929
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979516 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations

Losing Entitlement, Regaining Control

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Chapter 3 focuses on the political economy of gender relations between women and men. It explores masculinities—how the social construction of men's individual and collective sense of identity and entitlement within material relations that are grounded in household/family relations but increasingly globalized leads some men to act out violently toward women. The chapter first considers the cost of violent masculinities to global society. The second part looks at why some men and not others perpetrate violence against women by analyzing different types of masculinities and risk factors for being perpetrators of violence against women. These are increasingly globalizing and transnational business masculinities, as well as breadwinner, recreational, soldiering, disaster, and financial risk-taking masculinities. In the third part of the chapter, the linkages between masculinity and violence against women are shown to be crucial in addressing HIV/AIDS. The final part of the chapter argues that men must be advocates of nonviolent masculinities, in tandem with transforming women's economic and social situation.

Keywords: gender relations; masculinities; HIV; AIDS; business masculinities; household relations

Chapter.  7815 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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