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By Irina Anderson, Kathy Doherty

Accounting for Rape provides an unique viewpoint as 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 accomplished through humans in a dialogue approximately sexual violence. They synthesize discursive psychology and a feminist perspective 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 facts, Anderson and Doherty recommend that the prevailing social mental experimental study into rape and rape conception fails to examine the subtlety and political value 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 capability of using this method in either specialist and educational contexts to advertise angle change.

The ebook can be of significant curiosity to these learning social and scientific psychology, cultural reports, sociology, women's stories and communique reviews.

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It has been suggested that the social psychology of rape perception and feminist scholarship exist in a symbiotic relationship, each tradition learning from the other in its pursuit of knowledge about rape incidents and societal responses to rape (Ward, 1995). However, we are going to argue that this relationship may be more problematic than is currently thought. In this and the next chapter we critically re¯ect on the theoretical resource of attribution theory as utilised in the social psychology of rape perception 25 ACCOUNTING FOR RAPE and on the epistemological assumptions and research methods used.

The impact of victim and perpetrator characteristics on the observer's judgements of depicted rapes Social psychologists have uncovered a number of factors that have been found to impact on the level of victim blame and other negative attributions to victims in judgements about depicted rapes. These are often referred to as `extraneous' factors, because they do not have any direct relationship to the incident itself. g. ) or other information such as the time the incident occurred or the location of the incident (Pollard, 1992).

She fears herself. This is the essence of passivity, and of course, a woman's passivity is not simply sexual but functions to cripple her from self-expression in every area of her life. (Grif®n, 1971: 33) Feminist analysis thus established rape as a political rather than a sexual act, an act of power and intimidation, described in Grif®n's account (see above) as a form of mass terrorism. Subsequent work has emphasised that rape is part of a `continuum of sexual violence' (Kelly, 1987) and that sexual violence is part of a general pattern of domination alongside other forms of economic and social control (Walby, 1990).

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