Violence and Gender Reexamined

Pages: 273
Item #: 431675A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-895-9
List Price: $19.95
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Copyright: 2002
Format: Hardcover
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Violence and Gender Reexamined challenges one of western culture's most deeply held assumptions: That violence against women is different from violence against men. In this elegantly argued and well-researched book, author Richard Felson argues that this type of violence is rarely the result of sexism or hatred against women and that sexism may actually inhibit violence against women. The author cites research suggesting that the motives for violence against women are similar to the motives for violence against men: to control, to gain retribution, and to promote or defend self-image. These motives play a role in almost all violence, regardless of gender.

Using a comparative method to determine how violence against women differs from violence against men, Felson illustrates not only that violence against women is less frequent than violence against men but also that our culture and legal system treat it more harshly. Contrary to the claims that our courts "blame the victim" in cases of violence against women, the author shows that the tradition of protection of women sometimes produces the opposite effect, and that it is due process and not sexism that makes, for instance, rape cases seem biased against women. This powerful book encourages all readers, be they psychologists, lawyers, social scientists, or concerned lay people, to question preconceptions about gender and violence.

Table of Contents



I. Introduction

  1. Introduction
  2. A Theory of Instrumental Aggression

II. Violence Inside and Outside the Family

  1. Comparing Frequencies
  2. Gender Differences in Power and Status
  3. Chivalry
  4. Privacy and Police Intervention
  5. Controlling Women
  6. Love Triangles

III. Rape and Sexual Coercion

  1. Coercive versus Consensual Sex
  2. Sexual Motivation
  3. Sexism and Sexual Coercion
  4. Sexual Coercion and the Law

IV. Conclusion

  1. Conclusion


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author