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Violence and Gender Reexamined

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Richard B. FelsonPennsylvania State University, USA

ISBN13: 9781557988959
ISBN: 1557988951
Published: April 2002
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Format: Hardback
Price: £19.50



This work challenges one of Western culture's most deeply-held assumptions: that violence against women is different from violence against men. 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. He 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 the 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.;The work seeks to encourage all readers to question preconceptions about gender and violence.

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Contents:
A Theory of Instrumental Violence; Comparing Frequencies; Gender Differences in Power and Status; Chivalry; Privacy and Police Intervention; Controlling Women; Love Triangles; Coercive Versus Consensual Sex; Sexual Motivation; Sexism and Sexual Coercion; Sexual Coercion and the Law.