Renate Klein, London Metropolitan University, England
Margrit Brückner, University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt, Germany

Is there less abuse in democratic relationships? Implications of conceptualizing non-violence and gender in the positive (Working paper, 2013)

Abstract: A key goal in our field—non-abusive gender relations—rarely is given a positive name. For the most part, it is either framed in negative terms (non-violence) or in terms that gloss over issues of gender, sexuality and power (“healthy” relationships). The paper reviews selected literature from the fields of anthropology, social cognition, and psychoanalysis to explore the absence of positive critical naming in regard to how we understand non-abuse in intimate relationships, desire and erotic love, and how these understandings are embedded in language and culture.