Attitudes toward Rape: Feminist and Social Psychological Perspectives (Gender and Psychology Series)

Attitudes toward Rape: Feminist and Social Psychological Perspectives (Gender and Psychology Series)

By: Colleen A. Ward (author)Paperback

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This innovative book looks at popular perceptions of sexual violence and asks such key questions as: How is `rape' defined? Who is responsible for sexual assault? How can rape be prevented? The author critically examines feminist and psychological theory and research on attitudes towards rape. Drawing on case studies, survey research, experiments, fieldwork and action-oriented research from Europe, North America and Asia, Ward combines qualitative and quantitative approaches to understanding sexual violence. She highlights the negative consequences for rape victims of biased and prejudicial perceptions of sexual violence, including those of legal, medical and helping professionals, and discusses the impact of these attitudes on victims' self-perceptions. The book concludes by suggesting strategies for changing ideas about sexual assault, including, for example, action-oriented research which is designed to raise consciousness and improve services for victims.

About Author

Colleen A Ward is a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Psychology at the National University of Singapore.


Introduction PART ONE: A CIRCLE IN THE MAKING Feminist Visions Attitudes toward Rape and Rape Victims Survey Research Rape Perceptions and Attributions Experimental Research Social and Institutional Responses to Rape Field Research Returning to the Victim Theory and Research on Psychological Reactions to Sexual Violence PART TWO: A CIRCLE IN THE BREAKING Changing Attitudes Changing Systems Feminist Action-Oriented Research Conclusion

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780803985940
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780803985940
  • weight: 310
  • ISBN10: 0803985940

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