By Patrizia Romito
This e-book is born of a contradiction: at the one hand, there was a real enhance within the wisdom of male violence and activities to oppose it. at the different, male violence opposed to girls persists. So too does its denial, and the counter-attack opposed to those that search to reveal it. Patrizia Romito's awesome booklet analyses male violence opposed to ladies and youngsters, and the mechanisms society develops to push it out of sight. It describes the hyperlinks among discrimination, violence opposed to ladies and violence opposed to kids, and uncovers the concepts 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 deals either a synthesis of modern overseas info and a theoretical research of the mechanisms of concealment. it truly is a necessary device for somebody - expert, researcher or activist - desirous to comprehend male violence opposed to ladies and kids and to oppose it.
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A Deafening Silence: Hidden Violence Against Women and Children by Patrizia Romito