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By Patrizia Romito

This booklet is born of a contradiction: at the one hand, there was a real enhance within the information of male violence and activities to oppose it. at the different, male violence opposed to ladies persists. So too does its denial, and the counter-attack opposed to those that search to show it. Patrizia Romito's outstanding e-book analyses male violence opposed to girls and kids, and the mechanisms society develops to push it out of sight. It describes the hyperlinks among discrimination, violence opposed to girls and violence opposed to young children, and uncovers the thoughts and strategies used to hide it, together with denial, legitimization, euphemisation, blaming the sufferer and compartmentalisation.Written in a transparent and direct variety, the writer bargains either a synthesis of contemporary overseas information and a theoretical research of the mechanisms of concealment. it's a necessary device for an individual - expert, researcher or activist - desirous to comprehend male violence opposed to girls and youngsters and to oppose it.

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It is a proposal that powerfully shows the effect of trust, sometimes uncritical, in statistics, which is typical of the positivist approach. Inevitably, social statistics depend on the conceptualisation work carried out in the early stages, and this work may in turn be permeated with the prevailing ideology. In this way the calculation of the Gross National Product has been made traditionally without taking care and domestic work into account, the limits of which have been discussed by feminist sociologists and economists (Boserup, 1970).

They maintain this representation of reality contrary to their own experience, in which with few exceptions they have never seen women being violent with men (Bascelli and Romito, 2000). What are the cognitive and social mechanisms that form the basis of these convictions? Social psychology has developed conceptual tools to understand the methods by which we perceive and interpret the world, tools that allow us to grasp the constant human activity of construction and reconstruction of meanings and their negotiation, which happens when interacting with others and institutions.

These practices are not connected exclusively with covering up male violence against women. On the contrary, they are used every time there is a desire to hide responsibility for a criminal act, its seriousness or the act itself. The Nazis talked of ‘selection’ to indicate prisoners to be sent to the gas chambers; civilians killed in war are defined as ‘collateral damage’ and bombardments of urban areas as ‘clean, surgical strikes’ (Bandura, 1999; Glover, 2001). 4 Thanks to this euphemistic formulation, not only do those responsible for the suffering, caused by the ‘fighting’ and not by the fighters, disappear, but also the victims themselves, who become depersonalised and made into things: wounded civilians become burns, shrapnel wounds and spinal injuries.

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