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Adams, Peter J., Alison Towns and Nicola Gavey. 1995. Dominance and entitlement: The rhetoric men use to discuss their violence towards women. The Review of English Studies 6 (3) : 387–406. 20 pp.
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A rhetorical analysis of discourse generated by men who have been recently violent toward women. Texts are drawn from transcribed interviews with men who had recently begun or were about to attend stopping violence programs (N = 14). Rhetorical devices are identified and their effects analyzed. Focus is on five devices: reference ambiguity, axiom markers, metaphor, synecdoche, and metonymy. Their strategic effects are discussed with reference to sample passages. Discussion covers how these rhetorical devices resource discourses of male dominance and power entitlement, and how these resource men in their violence toward women. Increased sensitivity to the effects of the rhetoric is seen to improve understanding of how men justify, camouflage, and maintain positions of dominance over women. (LLBA, Adapted from the source document, Accession Number 9511083)