Confronting Rape

Confronting Rape : The Feminist Anti-Rape Movement and the State

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Public thinking about sexual assault over the last two decades has changed dramatically for the better. Activists in rape crisis centers can claim a feminist success story, but not always as they would choose. Through her study of six rape crisis centers in Los Angeles, Nancy Matthews shows how the State has influenced rape crisis work by supporting the therapeutic aspects of the anti-rape movement's agenda, and pushing feminist rape crisis centers towards conventional frameworks of social service provision, while ignoring the feminist political agenda of transforming gender relations and preventing rape.
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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 19.81mm | 386g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415064910
  • 9780415064910

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Feminism, the state, and the anti-rape movement: theoretical underpinnings 2. A national movement against rape 3. The birth of the Los Angeles anti-rape movement 4. Surviving the early years 5. The politics of crisis - the crisis of politics 6. Politics and Bureaucracy: OCJP funding 7. The expansion of racial diversity 8. From stopping violence to managing rape Appendices
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"[This book has] the right mix of theory and concrete description, and the analysis is skillfully presented through rich and engaging narrative."
-Verta Taylor, Ohio State University
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