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This cutting-edge volume advances theories, methodologies and policy analyses relating to various forms of violence against women. Topics covered include: the nature, importance and variety of cultural contexts in which violence occurs, is reproduced and may be challenged or changed; the nature and variety of sexualized violence; and a range of theoretical perspectives on perpetrators of violence. Taking an interdisciplinary focus on issues that affect community and state responses, the book includes individual accounts, and incorporates themes related to authority, sexual proprietariness, asymmetry of violence, socialization, patterns and deviations of victims and offenders, and social and cultural contexts.
Chapter 8: Lethal and Nonlethal Violence against Wives and the Evolutionary Psychology of Male Sexual Proprietariness
Lethal and Nonlethal Violence against Wives and the Evolutionary Psychology of Male Sexual Proprietariness
Violence against wives occurs in all societies, but the rates at which wives are beaten and killed are enormously variable over time and place. The rate of uxoricide (wife killing) in the United States, for example, is currently approximately five to ten times greater than in western Europe. In some societies, wife beating is normative and allegedly almost universal; in others, it is apparently rare and aberrant (Counts, 1990; Counts, Brown, & Campbell, 1992; Levinson, 1989). But despite this variability, the studies of anthropologists, criminologists, historians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other family violence researchers suggest that the ...