The military, militarism, and the militarization of domestic violence

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Abstract

This article moves beyond the discussion of domestic violence in the military to a broader accounting of the militarization of domestic violence in Israel. In contrast to the dominant civilian-military paradigm, which assumes a limit on an army's effect on society, in Israel, boundaries between the military and society are highly permeable, even ambiguous. The civilianization of the army and the militarization of society in Israel render incomplete the research model of domestic violence in the military. Thus, the article explores how the centrality of the military, a pervasive ideology of militarism, and the militarization of society shape perpetration, understandings, and experiences of and responses to domestic violence in Israel. Specifically, four components of the militarization of domestic violence are discussed: causality, competition, critique, and context. The article closes by reflecting on what is gained by shifting the analytical perspective from domestic violence in the military to the militarization of domestic violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1118-1152
Number of pages35
JournalViolence Against Woman
Volume9
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • Israel
  • Militarism
  • Militarization
  • Military

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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