Victim, Perpetrator or Else? Perceptions of Violence from a Generational and Gender Perspective
Who is acknowledged as a ‘victim’ or ‘perpetrator’ and what acts qualify as ‘acts of violence’ can vary considerably across time and space: what may be perceived as a crime in one case may in others be taken as bad behavior, be overlooked, hushed up, or even judged as adequate and acceptable behavior. Beyond country and regional differences, such variation is of systematic character, as categorical boundaries are stretched according to the age and gender of the person suffering or committing a possibly violent act. Studying a wide range of such variations will enhance our understanding of how perceptions of violence are constructed in relation to generation and gender. A generational and gender perspective on violence may further unveil commonalities to all acts falling under the malleable category of ‘violence’ and being socially processed as ‘acts of violence’.
Session organizers welcome contributions addressing a wide range of phenomena of ‘violence’, such as child maltreatment, juvenile law, domestic violence, violence against gender and sexual minorities, minors and women as civilians or combatants in and after armed conflict, etc. Papers should systematically seek answers to some of the following questions: Who is recognized (or not) to be a victim or perpetrator? What are the formal or informal mechanisms at work and what consequences do they trigger? And, most importantly: how are these mechanisms generation and/or gender specific?