Masculinities and the Lived Understandings of Bystander Responses to Everyday Violence

Abstract

Among criminologists there has been an expanded contemporary interest in measures that encourage bystander intervention in the social settings of escalating and potentially violent incidents. These broadly include partner abuse and domestic disputes, as well as confrontational social interaction and other forms of targeted harassment and violence (racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist etc.), in everyday life. This article considers the likely success or failure of seeking to foster such measures as a core strategy of violence prevention, with discussion of the author’s Sydney-based study of the understandings of violence arising from young men’s lived experience of its various forms. It particularly concentrates on the results of focus groups conducted with a mixed sample of young men (aged 16-25 years) between 2018-2020. These participants had personal engagements with violence and potential violence, that shaped their reservations and doubts about regular intervention and general male anti-violence advocacy as reasonable and achievable social practices. 

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Published: 2024-01-10
Issue:Online First
Section:Articles
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How to Cite
Tomsen, S. (2024) “Masculinities and the Lived Understandings of Bystander Responses to Everyday Violence”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.3130.

Author Biography

Stephen Tomsen is a Professor of Criminology at WSU. He has decades of research experience and reputation for his work on violence, hate crime, crime and culture, masculinities, sexualities, drinking and drug use. Professor Tomsen's output includes seven books and numerous refereed articles and papers in criminology and social science journals.