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Book review: redefining rape: sexual violence in the era of suffrage and segregation by Estelle B. Freedman

Baker, Bruce E. (2014) Book review: redefining rape: sexual violence in the era of suffrage and segregation by Estelle B. Freedman. LSE Review of Books (08 May 2014). Website.

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Abstract

Rape has never had a universally accepted definition, and the uproar over “legitimate rape” during the 2012 U.S. elections confirms that it remains a word in flux. This book aims to tell the story of the forces that have shaped the meaning of sexual violence in the United States, through the experiences of accusers, assailants, and advocates for change. Estelle B. Freedman’s book synthesizes a tremendous range of secondary literature, much of it produced in the last twenty years, but it also is grounded in extensive primary source research, especially newspapers and legal cases. Bruce E. Baker finds that this is clearly and elegantly written, and has the potential to challenge students’ complacency about history and progress, especially when it comes to gender and race.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2014 08:50
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 00:32
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57475

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