My experiment with putting my presentation slides on Slidehsare continues with this paper on marital violence. I’ve given it a couple of times in the last few months and it is a topic that I am beginning to think more about: why was there an association in British society between working-class men and physical violence against wives?
I am simply raising questions at the moment and feel some trepidation in doing so, since I am by no means an expert in nineteenth- and twentieth-century class-identity, labour patterns, and living conditions – all of which I’m sure inform the issue. Nonetheless, I would like to open up the stereotype and its longevity to more discussion. So here goes ….