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Rape and Society: Readings on the Problem of Sexual Assault
     

Rape and Society: Readings on the Problem of Sexual Assault

by Patricia Searles (Editor), Ron Berger (Editor)
 

In the 1970s rape became the point of departure for an ongoing feminist examination of the subordination and sexual victimization of women. More recently, domestic violence, prostitution, sexual harassment, and pornography have come to the forefront of investigators’ concerns. Rape and Society returns to the original focus on rape, while also

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In the 1970s rape became the point of departure for an ongoing feminist examination of the subordination and sexual victimization of women. More recently, domestic violence, prostitution, sexual harassment, and pornography have come to the forefront of investigators’ concerns. Rape and Society returns to the original focus on rape, while also illuminating the interconnections among the many forms of violence against women.The book provides a comprehensive treatment of the subject, drawing on writers and researchers from across a range of social and behavioral sciences and the humanities and representing the experiences of women of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles. From the private torment of a child abused by her father to the horror of mass rape and ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia, the authors analyze rape as a tool of humiliation, control, and terror.Rape and Society is an essential resource for academics and professionals and for anyone wanting to come to grips with the magnitude of the problem of sexual violence. Because the selections are moving as well as thought-provoking and varied in approach (theoretical, empirical, literary, and experiential), this interdisciplinary anthology is a superb text for undergraduate and graduate courses in women’s studies, psychology, sociology, and criminology. It offers incisive analyses and carefully designed research to help us understand and explain rape while sensitizing us to the personal dimensions of sexual victimization and the emotional toll of living in a violent society. There are hopeful voices here too, helping readers envision a safer and more humane world, offering concrete suggestions for social change, and encouraging us all to gather the power and courage to take on the work that lies before us.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
There has been an explosion of books and articles on violence against women in recent years, many written from a feminist perspective, with rape the first such subject to receive extensive examination. Since the 1980s, incest, battery, and pornography have come to the forefront of investigators' concerns. The articles (and a handful of poems) collected here return to the focus on "rape as a paradigm for sexism in society." Chapters are divided into categories including feminist foundations for the study of rape and society; why men rape; and rape and the legal system. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813388236
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
04/26/1995
Series:
Crime and Society Series
Pages:
305

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Patricia Searles is professor of sociology and women’s studies at University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, where Ronald J. Berger is professor of sociology and coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program. Patricia Searles is professor of sociology and women’s studies at University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, where Ronald J. Berger is professor of sociology and coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program.

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