Male Rape is a Feminist Issue: Feminism, Governmentality and Male Rape

Hardcover | February 5, 2014

byClaire Cohen

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Male rape is a feminist issue – but perhaps not in the way that you might think. This work is an experiment in Foucauldian thought that attempts to satisfy Foucault's imperative to 'think differently'. From this positioning, feminist constructions of 'male rape' can plausibly be claimed to operate as a 'regime of truth', but one must necessarily question whether this is running counter to patriarchy.

This book seeks to problematize knowledge and practices regarding 'male rape', examining the social realms of the Academy, popular culture, policy and provision in the constitution of the subject. Discussion is moved beyond notions of fairness or justice. Instead, Cohen seeks to ascertain the discursive regularities in these sites, considers the power-effects of such discourse and thus conceives of 'male rape' as illustrating the success of governmentality.

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Male rape is a feminist issue – but perhaps not in the way that you might think. This work is an experiment in Foucauldian thought that attempts to satisfy Foucault's imperative to 'think differently'. From this positioning, feminist constructions of 'male rape' can plausibly be claimed to operate as a 'regime of truth', but one must n...

Claire Cohen is Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Division of Sociology, Nottingham Trent University, UK.  

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.73 × 5.61 × 0.83 inPublished:February 5, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230223966

ISBN - 13:9780230223967

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Feminism, Governmentality and 'Male' Rape
1. Problematization: A Critical Ontology of the Present
2. Investigation: A Foucauldian Triangulation
3. Representations: Knowing Victimhood
4. Biopolitics: Imagining Victimhood
5. Individuation: Acting on Victimhood
Concluding Thoughts

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