A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion

A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion

by Randy Thornhill, Craig T. Palmer
     
 

In this controversial book, Randy Thornhill and Craig Palmer use evolutionary biology to explain the causes of rape and to recommend new approaches to its prevention. According to
Thornhill and Palmer, evolved adaptation of some sort gives rise to rape; the main evolutionary question is whether rape is an adaptation itself or a by-product of other adaptations.

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In this controversial book, Randy Thornhill and Craig Palmer use evolutionary biology to explain the causes of rape and to recommend new approaches to its prevention. According to
Thornhill and Palmer, evolved adaptation of some sort gives rise to rape; the main evolutionary question is whether rape is an adaptation itself or a by-product of other adaptations. Thornhill and
Palmer address, and claim to demolish scientifically, many myths about rape bred by social science theory over the past 25 years. The popular contention that rapists are not motivated by sexual desire is, they argue, scientifically inaccurate. The book also includes a useful summary of evolutionary theory and a comparison of evolutionary biology's and social science's explanations of human behavior.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262700832
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
939,856
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreward
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Rape and Evolutionary Theory1
2The Evolution of Sex Differences31
3Why Do Men Rape?53
4The Pain and Anguish of Rape85
5Why Have Social Scientists Failed to Darwinize?105
6The Social Science Explanation of Rape123
7Law and Punishment153
8Social Influences on Male Sexuality169
9Educational Programs179
10Barriers185
11Treatment and Recovery187
12Conclusion189
Notes201
Glossary209
References213
Index245

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