To Have and to Hit: Cultural Perspectives on Wife Beating

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Dorothy Ayers Counts, Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Judith K. Brown, Jacquelyn Campbell
University of Illinois Press, 1999 - Social Science - 315 pages
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This vitally important volume places the problem of wife beating in a broad cultural context in a search for strategies to reform societies, including our own, that are prone to this pernicious form of violence. Based on first hand ethnographic data on more than a dozen societies, including a number in Oceania, this collection explores the social and cultural factors that work either to inhibit or to promote domestic violence against women. The volume also includes a study of abuse among nonhuman primates and a cross-cultural analysis of the legal aspects of wife beating. By presenting counterexamples from other cultures, contributors challenge Western assumptions about the factors leading to wife beating. Through a close examination of societies where wife beating is infrequent or absent, To Have and To Hit identifies the factors--economic, social, political, and cultural--that must be explored and transformed in order to combat this violence and eventually eliminate it.
 

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Contents

Definitions Assumptions Themes and Issues
3
Does It Have an Evolutionary Origin?
27
Men Women and Interpersonal Aggression in
43
IKung Women Cope with
53
Wife Beating in Kaliai Papua New Guinea
73
Household Violence in a Yuat River Village
87
Constraints toward
100
lill Nash I
110
A Central American Case
153
Domestic Violence in Ecuador
168
The Proscription and Practice of Spouse
187
Variations on a Theme
203
Wife Abuse among IndoFijians
216
A Middle Eastern Case Study
234
Wife Battering within Cultural Contexts
261
International Law and
286

Displays
123
Spare the Rod and Spoil the Woman? Family Violence
137
Contributors
303
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