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Author: Bobbie Jo Barker

Title: (Un)Changing Views of Rape and Rapists in the Law, Sociology and Social Constructionist Literature

Subtitle: A Social Constructionist Approach

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, University of Western Ontario

Year: September 1998

Pages: xiii + 159pp.

OCLC Number: 82973974 – Find a Library: WordCat | OCLC Number: 654692683 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century, 20th Century | Canadian History | Prosecution: Laws; Research: History of Criminology, History of Sociology


Link: Library and Archives Canada (Free Access)


Abstract: »This thesis focuses on the social construction of rape and rapists by the law, sociology and social constructionism (1892-1996). Implicit criteria used to conceptualize rape and rapists are outlined. The legal discussion reviews Canadian statute and case law. The sociological discussion reviews textbooks and monographs. The social constructionist discussion reviews works on rape.« (Source: Thesis)


  Certificate of Examination (p. ii)
  Abstract (p. iii)
  Acknowledgment (p. iv)
  List of Tables (p. vi)
  List of Figures (p. vii)
  List of Appendices (p. viii)
  List of Abbreviations (p. ix)
  Preface (p. x)
  Introduction (p. 1)
    The Social Construction of Sexuality (p. 2)
    The Social Construction of Gender (p. 11)
    The Social Construction of Biological Sex (p. 15)
    The Social Construction of Rape and Rapists (p. 17)
    Overview (p. 18)
  Legal Constructions of Rape in Canada (p. 21)
    Introduction (p. 21)
    Understanding the Canadian Picture (p. 23)
      1892-1953 (p. 23)
      1954-1982 (p. 30)
      1983-1995 (p. 37)
    Summary (p. 60)
    Implicit Cultural Asumptions Underlying the Legislation and Judiciary Practice (p. 63)
    Conclusion (p. 74)
  Constructions of Rape in Sociology and Criminology (p. 76)
    Introduction (p. 76)
    Discussions of Rape in Introductory Textbooks (p. 77)
    Discussions of Rape in Criminology Textbooks (p. 83)
    Research on Rape (p. 99)
    Sociological Texts on Rape and Sexual Assault (p. 100)
    Existing Reflections on the Relationship Between Sociology and Rape (p. 106)
    The Social Construction of Rape in Sociology and Criminology (p. 109)
  History of Social Constructionist Approaches to Rape 1970's-1990's (p. 119)
    Introduction (p. 119)
    Social Constructionist Views on Rape: 1970's to Early 1980's (p. 119)
    Later Social Constructionist Views on Rape: mid 1980's to 1990's (p. 126)
  Epilogue (p. 136)
  Bibliography (p. 147)
  Appendix 1 (p. 155)
  Vita (p. 160)