By Irina Anderson, Kathy Doherty
Accounting for Rape offers an unique standpoint with regards to rape, concentrating on either male and female sexual violence. The authors examine daily ideals approximately rape, to check how blaming the sufferer and the normalization of rape are completed by way of humans in a dialogue approximately sexual violence. They synthesize discursive psychology and a feminist viewpoint to discover accurately how rape and rape victimhood are outlined in ways in which mirror the social, political and cultural stipulations of society.
By analysing conversational info, Anderson and Doherty recommend that the present social mental experimental examine into rape and rape conception fails to examine the subtlety and political importance of rape supportive reasoning. Accounting for Rape offers a serious interrogation of the dominant theories and methodologies, focusing on:
How the gender and sexual orientation of alleged sufferers and perpetrators is important to social members whilst making experience of a rape file and in apportioning blame and sympathy
How arguments which are serious of alleged sufferers are inbuilt ways in which are 'face saving' for the contributors within the conversations, and the way victim-blaming arguments are awarded as 'common sense'.
The power of utilizing this technique in either expert and educational contexts to advertise perspective change.
The publication might be of significant curiosity to these learning social and medical psychology, cultural reports, sociology, women's stories and verbal exchange stories.
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Extra resources for Accounting for Rape
A key theme emerged from `second-wave' feminist analyses of rape, that rape is both a socially produced and a socially legitimated phenomenon (Edwards, 1987). In most feminist writings on rape, a close connection is made between normative constructions of heterosexuality and sexual practice (see discussion above), the normalisation of aggression in hegemonic forms of masculinity and the maintenance of patriarchal gender power relations. Brownmiller (1975) for example argues that acts of rape are fuelled by cultural values that are perpetuated at every level of society, captured in the term `machismo'.
Thus, the hypothesis would predict that female observers would blame the rape victim less (on grounds of similarity as women), while male observers should blame female rape victims more. , 1994), but negative attributions to female victims by female observers (and by male observers to male victims ± Burt and DeMello, 2002) have also been reported. How can these ®ndings be explained? , 2004; Rempala and Bernieri, 2005) as the most relevant dimension of perceived similarity between observers and depicted victims.
As a result, although causality, blame, fault and responsibility are usually measured on separate scales in rape-attribution research, few if any theoretical advances have been made regarding the conceptual status of these measures as related speci®cally to rape perception and the meaning that each term has as a feature of internal (or external) rape-victim attribution. Experimental methods in the rape-perception paradigm therefore do not allow participants to display their sense-making practices in relation to rape beyond making a mark on a scale using categories prede®ned by the researcher.