Rape: A History from 1860 to the Present

TitleRape: A History from 1860 to the Present
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBourke, Joanna
Number of Pages576
PublisherVirago
CityLondon
Abstract

Joanna Bourke, author of the critically-acclaimed Fear, unflinchingly and controversially moves away from looking at victims to look at the rapists. She examines the nature of rape, drawing together the work of criminologists, sociologists and psychiatrists to analyse what drives the perpetrators of sexual violence.

Rape - A History looks at the perception of rape, both in the mass media and the wider public, and considers the crucial questions of treatment and punishment. Should sexual offenders be castrated? Will Freud's couch or the behaviourists' laboratory work most effectively? Particular groups of offenders such as female abusers, psychopaths and exhibitionists are given special attention here, as are potentially dangerous environments, including the home, prison, and the military. By demystifying the category of the rapist and revealing the specificities of the past, Joanna Bourke dares to consider a future in which sexual violence has been placed outside the human experience. [Amazon, 2015 edition]

Translated TitleStupro: Storia della violenza sessuale dal 1860 a oggi
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Translated in Italian and Spanish in 2009.

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