9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN33 Women's and Gender Studies

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 The Gender Construction of Criminalisation and Violence Against Women Building II, C4.02

New developments on the Prevention of Violence Against Women

In recent years, great efforts have been articulated from the research community to study violence against women from different disciplines and focuses such as the origin, its causes and occurrence of gender based violence at different settings like homes, workplaces, or universities. In this paper, authors will present some of the findings of studies that have been conducted under the new approach to the sociological analysis of violence against women denominated preventive socialization on violence against women. Research on preventive socialization on violence against women is rooted in recent developments in contemporary sociological theory (Duque, Giddens, Habermas, Benhabib, Elster, Gómez, Butler, among others) and the studies conducted among teenagers and university students about their socialization processes and their potential connection to violence against women. The central premise is that there are different socialization processes that prepare teenagers to feel attracted to individuals whose values and behavior tend to be violent, leading to unequal or even violent relationships. In the case of young girls, studies have shown that there is a greater attraction to a male model that represents the hegemonic model, with values similar to the patriarchal society. In these studies, it is showed how this kind of socialization is articulated and how female teenagers have learned to feel attracted to violent partners, instead of refusing them. Opening up this new research area has enlightened the existence of many questions that need to be further explored from this perspective. Authors will present the theoretical framework as well as some examples of empirical research that has been conducted.