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New Versions of Victims : Feminists Struggle with the Concept - Sharon Lamb

New Versions of Victims

Feminists Struggle with the Concept

By: Sharon Lamb (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9780814751527
Number Of Pages: 192

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It is increasingly difficult to use the word "victim" these days without facing either ridicule for "crying victim" or criticism for supposed harshness toward those traumatized. Some deny the possibility of "recovering" repressed memories of abuse, or consider date rape an invention of whining college students. At the opposite extreme, others contend that women who experience abuse are "survivors" likely destined to be psychically wounded for life.

While the debates rage between victims' rights advocates and "backlash" authors, the contributors to New Versions of Victims collectively argue that we must move beyond these polarizations to examine the "victim" as a socially constructed term and to explore, in nuanced terms, why we see victims the way we do.

Must one have been subject to extreme or prolonged suffering to merit designation as a victim? How are we to explain rape victims who seemingly "get over" their experience with no lingering emotional scars? Resisting the reductive oversimplifications of the polemicists, the contributors to New Versions of Victims critique exaggerated claims by victim advocates about the harm of victimization while simultaneously taking on the reactionary boilerplate of writers such as Katie Roiphe and Camille Paglia and offering further strategies for countering the backlash.

Written in clear, accessible language, New Versions of Victims offers a critical analysis of popular debates about victimization that will be applicable to both practice and theory.

Industry Reviews

"Timely contribution to the theorization of rape and helps delineate areas in need of further analysis. [Lamb] also address[es] the issue from radically different perspectives and methodologies...particularly noteworthy."


Introductionp. 1
Heretical Texts: The Courage to Heal and the Incest Survivor Movementp. 13
The Challenge to Feminism Posed by Women's Use of Violence in Intimate Relationshipsp. 42
"I Wasn't Raped, but ...": Revisiting Definitional Problems in Sexual Victimizationp. 57
Recasting Consent: Agency and Victimization in Adult-Teen Relationshipsp. 82
Constructing the Victim: Popular Images and Lasting Labelsp. 108
In the Line of Sight at Public Eye: In Search of a Victimp. 139
Trauma Talk in Feminist Clinical Practicep. 158
Victims, Backlash, and Radical Feminist Theory (or, The Morning after They Stole Feminism's Fire)p. 183
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780814751527
ISBN-10: 0814751520
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 15.44  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.45