Sexual Violence and the Law in Japan

Sexual Violence and the Law in Japan

by Catherine Burns
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415336511

ISBN-13: 9780415336512

Pub. Date: 04/19/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book provides a detailed examination of judicial decision-making in Japanese cases involving sexual violence. It describes the culture of 'eroticised violence' in Japan, which sees the feminine body as culpable and the legal system which encourages homogeneity and conformity in decision-making and shows how the legal constraints confronting women claiming

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Overview

This book provides a detailed examination of judicial decision-making in Japanese cases involving sexual violence. It describes the culture of 'eroticised violence' in Japan, which sees the feminine body as culpable and the legal system which encourages homogeneity and conformity in decision-making and shows how the legal constraints confronting women claiming sexual assaults are enormous. It includes analysis of specific case studies and a discussion of recent moves to address the problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415336512
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/19/2005
Series:
ASAA Women in Asia Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Prelude : rape v. murder - or (excessive) self defence?
1Legal storytelling and sexual violence1
2Hegemonic masculinity and guilty feminine bodies19
3Confronting the Japanese criminal justice system44
4Credibility in the court : scripting rape67
5'In truth she was probably very drunk' : women subject to scrutiny84
6Markers of truth : silencing women in the court110
7Subversive stories and feminist strategies131
8Conclusion159
App. 1Legal definitions163
App. 2The cases165

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