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Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage, and Social Change in Global Context - Interpersonal Violence (Hardback)
  • Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage, and Social Change in Global Context - Interpersonal Violence (Hardback)

Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage, and Social Change in Global Context - Interpersonal Violence (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 01/09/2016
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Rape in marriage is a global problem affecting millions of women - it is still legal in many countries and was only criminalized in all U.S. states in 1993. In much of the world, marital rape is too often understood as an oxymoron due to the fact that the ideology of permanent consent underlies the legal and cultural definitions of sex in marriage. From Vietnam to Guatemala to South Africa and beyond, this volume examines how cultural, legal, public health, and human rights policies and practices impact intimate partner violence. While legal and cultural conceptions of marital rape vary widely - from criminal assault to wifely duty - this volume offers evidence from different societies that forced sex undermines the physical and psychological well-being of the women who experience it, regardless of their cultural context. Globally, the nature of marriage is changing and so are notions of individual choice, love, intimacy, and rigid gender roles. Marital Rape documents wide ranging and fluid understandings of sex, consent, and rape in marriage; such an array of perspectives demands an international and interdisciplinary approach to the study of sex and gender-based violence. This text brings together an international group of scholars from the fields of anthropology, sociology, criminology, law, public health, and human rights; their work points to the importance of understanding the lived experience of sexual violence for the design of effective and culturally sensitive public policy and practice.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190238360
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 504 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 24 mm

Marital Rape provides an insightful analysis of the laws, cultural norms, and social practices surrounding marital rape throughout the world. It makes clear that true sex equality requires sexual autonomy in marriage. This book will be a valuable resource for social scientists, lawyers, advocates, and government officials." * Jill Elaine Hasday, JD, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Centennial Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School; author of Family Law Reimagined *
Co-edited by two pioneering feminist scholars, Marital Rape helps fill a major gap in the social scientific literature on a topic that continues to receive selective inattention from the media and policymakers. More importantly, this path-breaking volume examines marital rape globally and is interdisciplinary in nature. The editors and contributors should be commended for enhancing our knowledge of one of the world's most compelling social problems." * Walter S. DeKeseredy, MA, PhD, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, West Virginia University; co-author, Violence against Women in Pornography *
Even though rape within marriage is widespread, research on this phenomenon has been greatly neglected. Marital Rape makes a very important contribution by providing a sophisticated analysis of this form of sexual assault. Taking a comparative perspective, the authors argue that marital rape should be understood in the context of culturally specific ideas about kinship and marriage. The book joins perspectives from anthropology, sociology, human rights, public health, and law to develop an insightful analysis that seeks to reconcile respect for cultural difference with women's entitlement to a good life and human rights." * Sally Engle Merry, MA, PhD, Silver Professor, New York University Department of Anthropology; author of Human Rights and Gender Violence *

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