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Re-Theorizing Intimate Partner Violence through Post-Structural Feminism, Queer Theory, and the Sociology of Gender

by Clare Cannon 1,*, Katie Lauve-Moon 2,† and Fred Buttell 2,†
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School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
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School of Social Work, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Judy Hughes
Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(3), 668-687; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci4030668
Received: 1 June 2015 / Revised: 28 August 2015 / Accepted: 1 September 2015 / Published: 7 September 2015
In this article, we apply three theoretical frameworks, poststructural feminism, queer, and sociology of gender to the issue of intimate partner violence (IPV) in order to better account for heterosexual female perpetration and same-sex IPV. Although the traditional feminist paradigm—that assumes men use violence as an extension of patriarchy against their female victims—has been useful in explaining some instances of IPV, it does not adequately frame instances of heterosexual female perpetration and IPV in same-sex relationships. Therefore, in this article we seek to add to existing literature by re-theorizing IPV using poststructural feminism, queer, and sociology of gender perspectives, and their attendant understanding of power as dynamic, fluid, and relational and gender as both interactional and structural, in order to open up new ways of framing IPV and encourage new lines of empirical research resulting in better policy proscriptions and treatment interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: IPV; heteronormativity; theory; sociology of gender; poststructuralist feminism; queer; LGBT; hegemonic masculinity; gender structure; doing gender IPV; heteronormativity; theory; sociology of gender; poststructuralist feminism; queer; LGBT; hegemonic masculinity; gender structure; doing gender
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Cannon, C.; Lauve-Moon, K.; Buttell, F. Re-Theorizing Intimate Partner Violence through Post-Structural Feminism, Queer Theory, and the Sociology of Gender. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 668-687.

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