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Violence and Gender Reexamined

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  • Ian Pitchford
    Violence and Gender Reexamined Richard B. Felson, PhD March 2002 American Psychological Association (APA); ISBN: 1557988951 AMAZON - US
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2002
      Violence and Gender Reexamined
      Richard B. Felson, PhD
      March 2002
      American Psychological Association (APA); ISBN: 1557988951
      AMAZON - US
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1557988951/darwinanddarwini/
      AMAZON - UK
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1557988951/humannaturecom/

      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.
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