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NCJ Number: 81566 Find in a Library
Title: Women and Violence
Author(s): M F Hirsch
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 408
Sponsoring Agency: Van Nostrand Reinhold
New York, NY 10020
Sale Source: Van Nostrand Reinhold
135 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume probes the conscious and unconscious manifestations of abuse of women from anthropological, sociological, and psychological viewpoints. Biological and behavioral differences in men and women are discussed, and the minority status of women throughout history is explored in depth.
Abstract: Discussions of rape, wife-battering, and incest focus on the aggressor, the victim, societal attitudes, and inequities in the legal system. Insights in the medical, surgical, and psychoanalytic abuse of women are provided, and the causes underlying prostitution are examined. Information is presented on the criminal behavior in women and their treatment in correctional institutions. Of special interest is the coverage of such self-destructive behavior as alcoholism, drug addiction, and attempted suicide. Self-mutilation in pursuit of beauty is analyzed as violence perpetrated by women against themselves. Also evaluated are major research findings on the causes of aggression and violence. Full attention is given to both genetic and environmental factors and to the theories of Dollard, Freud, and Bandura. Perspectives on the special emotional problems confronting women and on the interplay between violence on television and violence in the culture are offered. The volume concludes with two verbatim interviews with victimized women which further illuminate the tragic consequences of abuse. Chapter references and an index are included. (Publisher's summary modified)
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Battered wives; Battered woman syndrome; Cultural influences; Domestic assault; Female sex roles; Feminism; Incest; Marital problems; Pornography; Prostitution; Rape; Role perception; Self mutilation; Sex discrimination; Sexual harassment; Spousal Rape; Violence on television; Women's rights
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