A Feminist Evolutionary Analysis of the Relationship Between Violence Against and Inequitable Treatment of Women, and Conflict Within and Between Human Collectives, Including Nation-States

Hudson, Valerie M and den Boer, Andrea (2012) A Feminist Evolutionary Analysis of the Relationship Between Violence Against and Inequitable Treatment of Women, and Conflict Within and Between Human Collectives, Including Nation-States. In: The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 301-323. ISBN 0-19-973840-8. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199738403.013.0018) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In this chapter we examine the theoretical linkage between the security of women and the security of states, drawing insights from evolutionary biology and psychology, political sociology, and psychology. A feminist evolutionary approach demonstrates the way in which male reproductive interests can and often do lead to strategies of sexual coercion of females, including violence. That violence can be directed at other males and other groups as male dominance hierarchies develop a parasitical approach to resource accumulation, involving coalitional aggression against out-groups in order to strip such groups of their resources. The mitigation of male dominance hierarchies is thus, we argue, key to the mitigation of dysfunctional, conflictual inter-group relations. We illustrate the effects of male dominance and structural patriarchy through an examination of polygyny and through historical cases before finally discussing strategies for mitigating male dominance hierarchies.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: violence against women; feminist evolutionary theory; gender and security gender, women, evolution, violence, war, family law, patriarchy
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Andrea den Boer
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 10:39 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 13:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38496 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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