Gender Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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Though violence against women has received increasing attention from scholars and the general public alike, much of the literature on the subject is scattered in monographs, journals, and books focusing on specific forms of gender violence. In their path-breaking anthology Gender Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, editors Laura L. O'Toole and Jessica Schiffman have brought together central articles and authors to construct a remarkably broad understanding of the ...

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Overview

Though violence against women has received increasing attention from scholars and the general public alike, much of the literature on the subject is scattered in monographs, journals, and books focusing on specific forms of gender violence. In their path-breaking anthology Gender Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, editors Laura L. O'Toole and Jessica Schiffman have brought together central articles and authors to construct a remarkably broad understanding of the gender-related manifestations of violence

Gender Violence is composed of three sections--one examining the roots of male violence and victimization of women, another exploring forms of sexual coercion and violence, and a third offering a number of perspectives on promoting nonviolence in the context of gender relations. Chapters consider topics including sexual harassment, rape, children and gender violence, battering in intimate relationships, and pornography. The list of contributors includes such diverse and well known scholars as Friedrich Engels, bell hooks, Diana Scully, Harry Brod, and Linda Gordon, and poets such as Audre Lorde and Margaret Randall. The book also contains a number of original pieces with novel approaches to subjects such as domestic violence and its effects on children. With its interdisciplinary perspective and wide-ranging subject matter, Gender Violence is an excellent primary text as well as an invaluable reference for scholars in the field of women and violence.

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“This is the collection-at last!-that brings to bear on gender violence feminist-inspired resources that have been developed in many disciplines and from diverse political perspectives. Sets the standard of thinking about gender violence for years to come."
—Sandra Harding, author of The Science Question in Feminism

By far the best collection of feminist writing on this most urgent social problem. The essays are clearly-written, fusing both moral passion with scholarly rigor, and the collection is comprehensive and wide-ranging. This book will become the instant landmark work.”

-Michael S. Kimmel,author of Manhood in America: A Cultural History

“Much more than an extraordinary presentation of readings, this volume offers a unifying perspective on gender violence. . . .a valuable resource in gender studies.”

-Maxine Baca Zinn,coeditor of Women of Color in U.S. Society

Gender Violence is far and away the most comprehensive and thorough collection of articles on the distressing problem of male violence against women. Deserves to become the most widely used collection on the topic in classes across a range of fields from history to sociology to anthropology to women's studies. Absolutely indispensable.”

-Kevin White,author of The First Sexual Revolution: The Emergence of Male Heterosexuality in Modern America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814780411
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 526
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.93 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura L. O’Toole is Professor of Sociology at Roanoke College.

Jessica R. Schiffman is Assistant Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Delaware.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Conceptualizing Gender Violence
Sect. 1 The Roots of Male Violence against Women 3
"Visit from the Footbinder" 10
1 The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State 11
2 The Construction of Masculinity and the Triad of Men's Violence 30
3 The Socio-Cultural Context of Rape: A Cross-Cultural Study 52
Sect. 2 Gender Violence in the United States 67
"Need: A Chorale for Black Woman Voices" 74
4 Sexual Coercion in American Life 80
5 Varieties of "Real Men" 92
6 Sexual Terrorism 110
Sect. 1 Sexual Harassment 131
"Anatomy Lesson" 138
7 Obscene and Threatening Telephone Calls to Women: Data from a Canadian National Survey 139
8 Dames at Sea: Life in the Naval Academy 146
9 Changed Women and Changed Organizations: Consequences of and Coping with Sexual Harassment 151
10 The Victimizations of Women 165
Sect. 2 Rape 173
"The Rape" 182
11 A Feminist Redefinition of Rape and Sexual Assault: Historical Foundations and Change 184
12 Undeclared War: African-American Women Writers Explicating Rape 194
13 Raped: A Male Survivor Breaks His Silence 209
14 Subcultural Theory of Rape Revisited 215
15 The Global Health Burden of Rape 223
Sect. 3 Battering in Intimate Relationships 243
"To Judge Faolain, Dead Long Enough: A Summons" 252
16 Nothing New under the Sun: Spouse Abuse in Colonial America 254
17 Violence against Women 266
18 Violence in Intimate Relationships: A Feminist Perspective 279
19 Violence in Lesbian and Gay Relationships 285
20 Violence, Gender, and Elder Abuse: Toward a Feminist Analysis and Practice 294
Sect. 4 Children and Gender Violence 305
"The Second Photograph" 313
21 Family Violence, Feminism, and Social Control 314
22 Who Stole Incest? 331
23 Child Sexual Abuse and the Regulation of Women: Variations on a Theme 336
24 Definition and Scope of the Problem 352
Sect. 1 Pornography and Violence: A Contested Social Problem 365
"Philadelphia Story: September 1987" 373
25 The Female Nude: Pornography, Art, and Sexuality 374
26 Conflicting Ideologies and the Politics of Pornography 383
27 Pornography and Black Women's Bodies 395
28 Pornography, Civil Rights, and Speech 400
29 Pornography and Violence: What the "Experts" Really Say 414
Sect. 2 Changing Our Minds: Toward Nonviolence in Gender Relations 423
30 Beyond the Masculine Mystique 428
31 Violence, Gender, and Social Change 435
32 Violence against Women or Family Violence? Current Debates and Future Directions 443
33 Pornography and the Alienation of Male Sexuality 454
34 The Reality of Linguistic Violence against Women 467
35 Action 474
Bibliography 483
Index 523
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