Through a qualitative inquiry within an institutional setting in Denmark, this master thesis explores storytelling by male victims of domestic violence and their counselors. Using theoretical perspectives on narratives, institutions and masculinities, we suggest that storytelling can be a way to overcome the dominating categories of ‘the victimized woman’ and ‘the abusive man’, and create new understandings of ‘battered men’. Furthermore, storytelling can be used as a means of constructing ‘domestic violence against men’ as a social problem within politics and social work in Denmark. We have found that the subjects are described in the institutional setting as double exposed in relation to domestic violence: They experience both the violence from their (ex)partner and the mistrust and incomprehension from the system, which results in lack of help to handle their situation. As a result of gender norms, abused men are fighting for acceptance in being (real) men all the while also being victims of violence by a woman. Within this fight we found that abused men construct multiple masculine subjectivities, such as being a ‘responsible father’ and ‘battered real man’. We finally argue how these subjectivities represent entanglements of hegemonic, subordinated, and alternative masculinities.
|Uddannelser||Kultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||29 apr. 2015|
- voldsudsatte mænd
- domestic violence
- battered men