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Rape
Joanna Bourke

Classification : Cultural Studies
Pub Date : Oct 04, 2007
Imprint : Virago Press Ltd
Page Extent : 576
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9781844081547
Price : 1,799

About the book
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.
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Thought-provoking at every turn' INDEPENDENT
Launches a disciplined and chilling account . . . unflinching' GUARDIAN
Academically rigorous . . . elegant, readable and gripping' OBSERVER
'This is a comprehensive survey of sexual criminality over the past 150 years . . . [it] is a thorough, intelligent, and balanced examination of a crime whose prevalence is only rising' Lionel Shriver, FT
'This is a comprehensive survey of sexual criminality over the past 150 years . . . [it] is a thorough, intelligent, and balanced examination of a crime whose prevalence is only rising' Lionel Shriver, FT
‘Thought-provoking at every turn’ INDEPENDENT
‘Launches a disciplined and chilling account . . . unflinching’ GUARDIAN
‘Academically rigorous . . . elegant, readable and gripping’ OBSERVER
     
Joanna Bourke
Joanna Bourke is a professor of history at Birkbeck College in London. Her book An Intimate History of Killing received critical acclaim, winning the Wolfson History Prize
Books by Joanna Bourke
Fear (PB)
Fear (HB)
Rape: A History From 1860 To The Present (PB)
What It Means To Be Human (HB)
What It Means To Be Human (PB)