Male Peer Support and Violence Against Women: The History and Verification of a Theory

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In 1988, Walter S. DeKeseredy announced Male Peer Support (MPS) Theory, which popularized the notion that certain all-male peer groups encourage, justify, and support the abuse of women. In 1993, DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz modified and expanded MPS Theory. Today, after twenty-five years of research, numerous studies from a diverse range of fields and practitioners support the original claim, providing a powerful explanation for the mechanism that underlies much of North America’s violence against women. This book provides a history of the theory, traces its development and uses over a quarter century, and offers an update on Internet-generated abuse.

 

Contents

1 Definitional Issues in Violence against Women
1
2 The Extent and Distribution of Violence against Women
23
3 The History of Male Peer Support Theory
44
4 Contemporary Male Peer Support Theories
69
5 What Do the Data Say?
93
6 New Electronic Technologies and Male Peer Support
119
Where Do We Go from Here?
137
Notes
155
References
161
Index
197
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