Gender, Violence and Antisocial Personalities


Date: October 20th 2016:

Venue: University of Manchester; Renold Building, Altrincham Street, Manchester M1 7JA 

One of the most established fixtures on the criminological landscape is the dominance of men in data on violence. Men commit far more acts of violence – particularly more serious acts of violence.

The diagnoses of ‘antisocial personality disorder’ and ‘psychopathy’ are also far more commonly applied to men. Do the constructs of personality disorder or psychopathy offer any help in understanding the relationship between gender and  violence?  Do men happen to suffer from these ‘disorders’ more than women, or is it simply that violent behaviour, so much more likely to be carried out by men, leads to the diagnosis? Perhaps a better understanding of gender can tell us more about violence and its relationship to individual experience? Is it helpful to wonder about the psychosocial dynamics of gender and their relation to violence?

A one day seminar to explore the relationship between gender, violence and notions of psychosocial disorder was held in Manchester.


Here are details of speakers and copies of presentations:


Anna Motz – “Explorations of Gender in Intimate Partner Violence”    Download


Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, author of The Psychology of Female Violence; Crimes Against the Body (Routledge, 2008) and Toxic Couples: The Psychology of Domestic Violence (Routledge, 2014)


Anthony Ellis – “’Headcases’, ‘Nutters’ and ‘Handy’ Lads: For a Critical Psycho Social Understanding of Male to Male Violence”Download

Lecturer University of Salford, author of ‘Men, Masculinities and Violence: An ethnographic study.’ (Routledge 2015)


Shadd Maruna,  ‘Masculinity, Masks and the Social Construction of Psychopathy’ Download

Professor of Criminology, University of Manchester, author of – Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives (APA 2001); After Crime and Punishment: Pathways to Offender Reintegration  with Russ Immarigeon (Routledge 2013)

Peter Harris, ‘’Down with the kids’? ‘On-road’ youth worker identities and pathways to desistance. Download

Senior Lecturer, in Youth and Community Studies Newman College, author, with Mike Seal, of Responding to youth violence through youth work


David Gadd, ‘Beyond Typologies: Foregrounding Meaning and Motive in Domestic Violence Perpetration’Download

Professor of Criminology, University of Manchester, author of Psychosocial Criminology: An Introduction with Tony Jefferson and Losing the Race: Thinking Psychosocially about Racially Motivated Crime with Bill Dixon