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Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais

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DEBERT, Guita Grin  and  GREGORI, Maria Filomena. Violence and gender new proposals, old dilemmas.Translated byMaria Filomena Gregori. Rev. bras. ciênc. soc. [online]. 2008, vol.4Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0102-6909.

This paper discusses and analyzes the dilemmas involved in the use of notions that have been employed to qualify violence within social relationships marked by gender and their current developments in different instances of the justice system. Based on ethnographic studies conducted at the Women's Police Stations and Special Criminal Courts and the controversies surrounding the Maria da Penha Law, the meanings carried by expressions such as violence against women, marital violence, domestic violence, family violence and gender violence are mapped herein. The central argument is that the transformation of violence into crime leads to semantic and institutional developments that tend to replace the interest in politicizing Justice in the defense of women with the judicialization of family relations.

Keywords : Violence; Gender; Forms of control; Justice system.

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