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Thinking Critically About Rural Gender Relations: Toward a Rural Masculinity Crisis/Male Peer Support Model of Separation/Divorce Sexual Assault

Kenneth D. Tunnell, Eastern Kentucky University
Walter DeKeseredy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Joseph F. Donnermeyer, Ohio State University
Martin D. Schwartz, Ohio University - Main Campus
Mandy Hall, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Abstract

After decades of neglect, a growing number of scholars have turned their attention to issues of crime and criminal justice in the rural context. Despite this improvement, rural crime research is underdeveloped theoretically, and is little informed by critical criminological perspectives. In this article, we introduce the broad tenets of a multi-level theory that links social and economic change to the reinforcement of rural patriarchy and male peer support, and in turn, how they are linked to separation/divorce sexual assault. We begin by addressing a series of misconceptions about what is rural, rural homogeneity and commonly held presumptions about the relationship of rurality, collective efficacy (and related concepts) and crime. We conclude by recommending more focused research, both qualitative and quantitative, to uncover specific link between the rural transformation and violence against women. [

Suggested Citation

Kenneth D. Tunnell, Walter DeKeseredy, Joseph F. Donnermeyer, Martin D. Schwartz, and Mandy Hall. "Thinking Critically About Rural Gender Relations: Toward a Rural Masculinity Crisis/Male Peer Support Model of Separation/Divorce Sexual Assault" Critical Criminology 15.4 (2007): 295-311.

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