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Print Price: $130.00

352 pp.
15 illus., 156 mm x 235 mm


Publication date:
April 1993

Imprint: OUP US

Sex, Power, Conflict

Evolutionary and Feminist Perspectives

Edited by David M. Buss and Neil Malamuth

Sexual harassment in the workplace, date rape, and domestic violence dominate the headlines and have recently sparked scholarly debates about the nature of the sexes. Concurrently, the scientific community is conducting research in topics of sex and gender issues. Indeed, more research is being done on the topics of sexual conflict and coercion than at any other time in the history of the social sciences. Despite this attention, it is clear that these issues are being addressed from two essentially different perspectives: one is labeled "feminist", while the other, viewed as antithetical to the feminist movement, is called "evolutionary psychology", which emphasizes the history of reproductive strategies in understanding conflict between the sexes. This book brings together leading experts from both sides of the debate in order to discover how each could offer insights lacking in the other. The editors' overall goal is to show how the feminist and evolutionary approaches are complementary despite their evident differences, then provide an integration and synthesis. In fact, several of the contributors to this unique volume consider themselves advocates of both approaches. As a stimulating presentation of the dynamics of sex, power, and conflict--and a pioneering rapprochement of the diverse tendencies within the scientific community-- this book will attract a wide audience in both psychology and women's studies fields.

PART I: Evolutionary Perspectives
1. Martin Daly and Margo Wilson: Evolutionary Psychology and Marital Conflict
2. Douglas T. Kenrick, Melanie R. Trost, and Virgil Sheets: Power, Harassment, and Trophy Mates: The Feminist Advantages of an Evolutionary Perspective
3. Michael V. Studd: Sexual Harassment
4. Nancy Wilmsen Thornhill: Psychological Adaptation to Sexual Coercion in Victims and Offenders
PART II: Feminist Perspectives
5. Janet Shibley Hyde: Where Are the Gender Differences? Where Are the Gender Similarities?
6. Charlene L. Muehlenhard, Sharon Danoff-Burg, and Irene G. Powch: Is Rape Sex or Violence? Conceptual Issues and Implications
7. Antonia Abbey: Alcohol, Misperception, and Sexual Assault: How and Why Are They Linked?
8. Gerd Bohner and Norbert Schwarz: The Threat of Rape: Its Psychological Impact on Non-Victimized Women
PART III: Integrating Evolutionary and Feminist Perspectives
9. Felicia Pratto: Sexual Politics: The Gender Gap in the Bedroom and the Cabinet
10. Barbara Smuts: Male Aggression Against Women: An Evolutionary Perspective
11. Neil M. Malamuth: The Confluence Model of Sexual Aggression: Feminist and Evolutionary Perspectives
12. David M. Buss: Sexual Conflict: Evolutionary Insights into Feminism and the Gender Wars

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