Stranger Rape: Rapists, Masculinity and Penal Governance

By Kevin Denys Bonnycastle
Foreword by John McMullan

© 2012

Kevin Denys Bonnycastle’s Stranger Rape is an in-depth study of the lives of fourteen men who raped women unknown to them. Using new data derived from official offender files, offender program observations, and the men’s personal histories, Bonnycastle documents, compares, and contrasts their experiences from boyhood to adulthood and eventual incarceration.

Bonnycastle argues that stranger-rapists do not fit existing portrayals of them as predatory monsters or misogynist everymen. Instead, through an innovative approach that builds on research and theory from feminism, gender studies, critical criminology, and masculinity studies, she positions stranger-rape as a matter of experiences of pain and powerlessness rather than of male power and control. The book’s major achievement is to recognize rapists and rape in their particularity and complexity in the hope that critical thinking about their lives and about their experiences in penal contexts and programs may eventually lead to what one respondent called his ‘road to redemption.’

Please note that this book includes graphic content.

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  • Page Count: 352 pages
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The book’s major achievement is to recognize rapists and rape in their particularity and complexity in the hope that critical thinking about their lives and about their experiences in penal contexts and programs may eventually lead to what one respondent called his ‘road to redemption.’

Stranger Rape: Rapists, Masculinity and Penal Governance

By Kevin Denys Bonnycastle
Foreword by John McMullan

© 2012

Kevin Denys Bonnycastle’s Stranger Rape is an in-depth study of the lives of fourteen men who raped women unknown to them. Using new data derived from official offender files, offender program observations, and the men’s personal histories, Bonnycastle documents, compares, and contrasts their experiences from boyhood to adulthood and eventual incarceration.

Bonnycastle argues that stranger-rapists do not fit existing portrayals of them as predatory monsters or misogynist everymen. Instead, through an innovative approach that builds on research and theory from feminism, gender studies, critical criminology, and masculinity studies, she positions stranger-rape as a matter of experiences of pain and powerlessness rather than of male power and control. The book’s major achievement is to recognize rapists and rape in their particularity and complexity in the hope that critical thinking about their lives and about their experiences in penal contexts and programs may eventually lead to what one respondent called his ‘road to redemption.’

Please note that this book includes graphic content.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Kevin Denys Bonnycastle (1956–2011) was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at St. Mary’s University.

  • Table of contents

    List of Tables

    Foreword by John McMullan

    Acknowledgements

    1. The Subject of Stranger-Rape: A Brief Introduction

    2. The Sex Offender: Every Man, Other Men and Monsters

    3. Of Mountain Goats and Rabbits: The Penal Context and the Company of Sex Offenders

    4. Beautiful Baby Boys: Gendering Relationships   

    5. Good Human Beings Doing Horrible Things: Stanger-Rape as a Gendering Practice

    6. Men’s Power and Men’s Pain: Gendering and Gendering Violence

    7. Breaking Out: Challenging Hegemonic Manhood in Prison

    Epilogue

    Notes

    Bibliography

    Index

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