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Evolution, Gender, and Rape : A Bradford Book - Cheryl Brown Travis

Evolution, Gender, and Rape

A Bradford Book

By: Cheryl Brown Travis (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st February 2003
ISBN: 9780262700900
Number Of Pages: 472
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Are women and men biologically destined to be in perpetual conflict? Does evolutionary genetics adequately explain sexual aggression? Such questions have been much debated in both the media and academia. In particular, the notion that rape is an evolutionary adaptation, put forth by Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer in their book "A Natural History of Rape" (MIT Press, 2000), vaulted the debate into national prominence. This book assesses Thornhill and Palmer's ideas, as well as the critical responses to their work. Drawing on theory and data from anthropology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, primatology, psychology, and sociology, the essays explain the flaws and limitations of a strictly biological model of rape. They argue that traditionally stereotyped gender roles are grounded more in culture than in differing biological reproductive roles. The book is divided into three parts. The first part, "Evolutionary Models and Gender," addresses broad theoretical and methodological issues of evolutionary theory and sociobiology. Part 2, "Critiquing Evolutionary Models of Rape," addresses specific propositions of Thornhill and Palmer, making explicit their unexamined assumptions and challenging the scientific bases for their conclusions. It also considers other studies on biological gender differences. Part 3, "Integrative Cultural Models of Gender and Rape," offers alternative models of rape, which incorporate psychology and cultural systems, as well as a broader interpretation of evolutionary theory.

Industry Reviews

A valuable resource for anyone who is wrestling with concerns about gender dynamics, sexual aggresion, or evolutionary psychology.

-Joanna L. Bettmann, Psychiatric Services
A comprehensive refutation of A Natural History of Rape.

-Publisher's Weekly * Reviews *
A valuable resource for anyone who is wrestling with concerns about gender dynamics, sexual aggresion, or evolutionary psychology.

-Joanna L. Bettmann, Psychiatric Services * Reviews *

Evolutionary Models and Gender
Talking Evolution and Selling Differencep. 3
Female Sexuality and the Myth of Male Controlp. 29
Power Assymetries between the Sexes, Male Preferences, and Components of Fitnessp. 61
Does Self-Support Make Sense as an Investigative Method in Evolutionary Psychology?p. 87
Understanding Rapep. 105
Pop Sociobiology Reborn: The Evolutionary Psychology of Sex and Violencep. 139
Critiquing Evolutionary Models of Rape
Of Vice and Men: A Case Study in Evolutionary Psychologyp. 171
Evolutionary Models of Why Men Rape: Acknowledging the Complexitiesp. 191
Theory and Data on Rape and Evolutionp. 207
An Unnatural History of Rapep. 221
Violence Against Science: Rape and Evolutionp. 235
Integrative and Cultural Models of Gender and Rape
The Origins of Sex Differences in Human Behavior: Evolved Dispositions versus Social Rolesp. 265
The Evolutionary Value of the Man (to) Child Affiliative Bond: Closer to Obligate Than to Facultativep. 305
Rape-Free versus Rape-Prone: How Culture Makes a Differencep. 337
What Is 'Rape?"---Toward a Historical, Ethnographic Approachp. 363
Understanding Rape: A Metatheoretical Frameworkp. 383
Coming Full Circle: Refuting Biological Determinismp. 413
Indexp. 425
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ISBN: 9780262700900
ISBN-10: 0262700905
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 1st February 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.28