Sex, Power, Conflict: Evolutionary and Feminist Perspectives

Paperback | April 1, 1993

EditorDavid M. Buss, Neil Malamuth

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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 isbeing 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 asantithetical 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 insightslacking 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 bothapproaches. 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.

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Sexual harassment, 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 more research on the topics of sexual conflict and coercion today than at any other time in the history of the social sciences. Despit...

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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 isbeing done on the topics of sexual conflict an...

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Sexual harassment, 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 more research on the topics of sexual conflict and coercion today than at any other time in the history of the social sciences. Despit...

David M. Buss and Neil Malamuth are both at the University of Michigan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:April 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

PART I: Evolutionary Perspectives1. Martin Daly and Margo Wilson: Evolutionary Psychology and Marital Conflict2. Douglas T. Kenrick, Melanie R. Trost, and Virgil Sheets: Power, Harassment, and Trophy Mates: The Feminist Advantages of an Evolutionary Perspective3. Michael V. Studd: Sexual Harassment4. Nancy Wilmsen Thornhill: Psychological Adaptation to Sexual Coercion in Victims and OffendersPART II: Feminist Perspectives5. 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 Implications7. 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 WomenPART III: Integrating Evolutionary and Feminist Perspectives9. Felicia Pratto: Sexual Politics: The Gender Gap in the Bedroom and the Cabinet10. Barbara Smuts: Male Aggression Against Women: An Evolutionary Perspective11. Neil M. Malamuth: The Confluence Model of Sexual Aggression: Feminist and Evolutionary Perspectives12. David M. Buss: Sexual Conflict: Evolutionary Insights into Feminism and the Gender Wars

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Sexual harassment, 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 more research on the topics of sexual conflict and coercion today than at any other time in the history of the social sciences. Despite this attention, these issues are being addressed from two different perspectives which have been assumed to be essentially different: one is labeled "feminist", while the other is evolutionary and emphasize 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 discipline can offer insights lacking in the order. The editors' overall goal is first to show how the feminist and evolutionary approaches, while appearing unrelated, are in fact complementary and, second, to provide an integration and synthesis. Indeed, several of the contributors to this unique volume consider themselves advocates of both approaches. As a st