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Author: Joanna Bourke

Title: Sexual violation and trauma in historical perspective

Subtitle: -

Journal: Arbor: Ciencia, Pensamiento y Cultura

Volume: 186

Issue: 743

Year: May-June 2010 (Received: December 1, 2008, Accepted: May 1, 2009)

Pages: 407-416

ISSN: 0210-1963 – Find a Library: WordCat | ISSN: 1988-303X – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century, 20th Century | American History: U.S. History; European History: English History | Research: History of Psychiatry; Victims: Trauma



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Author: Joanna Bourke, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London – ResearchGate, Wikipedia

Abstract: »Trauma is not a universal way of speaking about the effects of “bad events” but is socially constructed. In the case of rape, psychological trauma is a relatively recent way of conceptualising the aftermath of violence. This article examines the development within psychiatric, legal, and forensic textbooks of the notion of “trauma” in reference to rape victims, and investigates the reasons for its relatively recent application.« (Source: Arbor)


  Narratives of Victimhood (p. 407)
  Psychological States and Sexual Assault Prior to the 1970s (p. 408)
  The "Trauma" of Rape (p. 408)
  The Invention of Psychological Trauma (p. 410)
  Sexual Violence and "Frigidity" (p. 412)
  The Effect of PTSD (p. 413)
  Final Words (p. 415)
  Bibliography (p. 415)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England | History of the Americas: History of the United States | Trauma: Psychological trauma