Victim, Perpetrator or Else? Perceptions of Violence from a Generational and Gender Perspective

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC53 Sociology of Childhood (host committee)

Language: English

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?

Session Organizers:
Doris BUEHLER-NIEDERBERGER, University of Wuppertal, Germany and Mia SCHOEB, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva, Switzerland
Doris BUEHLER-NIEDERBERGER, University of Wuppertal, Germany
Oral Presentations
The Implications of Defining Domestic Violence for Vulnerable Populations
Jordan FAIRBAIRN, King's University College at Western University, Canada; Myrna DAWSON, University of Guelph, Canada; Peter JAFFE, Western University, Canada; Marcie CAMPBELL, Western University, Canada
The Exodus of Violence: How Child Protection Reframes Abuse and Neglect.
Lars ALBERTH, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Violence in Relations of Care: Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment
Laura FUNK, University of Manitoba, Canada; Rahcel HERRON, Brandon University, Canada; Dale SPENCER, Carleton University, Canada
The Limits of Child Justice in Ethiopia: An Exploration of Age- and Gender-Specific Experiences of Violence
Nicola JONES, ODI, United Kingdom; Bekele TEFERA, GAGE Ethiopia, Ethiopia; Workneh YADETE, GAGE Ethiopia, Ethiopia; Kiya GEZAHEGNE, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Does Domestic Violence Exist According to Russian Church and Television?
Yuliya GRISHINA, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany
Distributed Papers