Rape Cultures and Survivors
An International Perspective
by Tuba Inal and Merril D. Smith, Editors
July 2018, 557pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5306-7
$110, 92€, A158
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5307-4
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According to the World Health Organization, 30 percent of women across the globe are subjected to physical or sexual violence, most often from an intimate partner.

An in-depth treatment in two volumes of the historical and cultural contexts of rape and rape culture, this set discusses both victims and perpetrators internationally during war and peace times and examines the treatment of survivors.

Historically, women, men, and children have all suffered sexual violence, during wartime and peacetime as well as inside and outside their homes. This two-volume title focuses on survivors of rape in a variety of social and cultural contexts. It examines different people who are victimized in a variety of situations (including in war and prisons) and studies the particularities of “rape cultures” that are intertwined with ethnic cultures and hatreds and other forms of conflictual social, political, and economic relations.

In the introduction, the editors define rape and rape culture and provide historical and cultural context for the information presented throughout the volumes, the first of which primarily focuses on the causes and manifestations of rape cultures; the second considers the consequences of rape cultures for survivors of sexual assault. In both volumes, contributors provide case studies elucidating the experiences of a variety of victims—young, old, male, female, straight, and LGBT—in diverse locations around the world to help readers understand how truly pervasive and portentous rape culture is.


  • Includes case studies on a variety of sexual assault survivors in environments ranging from college campuses to war zones
  • Integrates the expertise of contributors, who include both academics and activists on sexual violence in different parts of the world
  • Represents, through case studies, incidents of rape in countries from Africa to Europe and from Asia to the United States
  • Compares "rape cultures" across the world
Tuba Inal, PhD, is senior lecturer of politics at University West, Trollhättan, Sweden. She is author of Looting and Rape in Wartime: Law and Change in International Relations as well as several book chapters and academic journal articles on sexual violence, laws of war, and gender and politics.

Merril D. Smith, PhD, is an independent scholar in New Jersey. She is author or editor of several books, including Encyclopedia of Rape, Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence, and Sex without Consent: Rape and Sexual Coercion in America. Her website is https://merrildsmith.com/ and her blog may be found at https://merrildsmith.wordpress.com/.


"Students in undergraduate and graduate programs in the social sciences, especially women's and gender studies programs, will find this a valuable resource."—Library Journal, October 1, 2018
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