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Female-Perpetrated Sex Abuse

Knowledge, Power, and the Cultural Conditions of Victimhood, 1st Edition

By Sherianne Kramer


188 pages

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Female-Perpetrated Sex Abuse is a groundbreaking study into gender, sexuality and victimhood. It examines the cultural conditions of possibility for FSA victimhood as a means to advance contemporary critical understandings of the role of gender and sexuality as instruments of modern power. As the first direct exploration of FSA victimhood, this book analyses:

  • why victims of FSA remain so underexplored and invisible as objects of human science knowledge;
  • the limited and overly rigid discourses in local and global psychological theory and practice that continues to treat particular subjects as ‘victim worthy’ through paradigms that construct victimhood as gendered; and
  • the possibility of new discourses that could disrupt normative understandings of gender, sexuality, and power in sex abuse, and as constitutive to the beginnings of a counter-knowledge on transgressive sexualities.

By tracing the historical and cultural conditions of the emergence of FSA broadly and FSA victimhood specifically, Kramer illustrates how deeply engrained constructions of gender and sexuality both produce and constrain the possibilities for reporting, disclosing and self-identifying victimhood.

Female-Perpetrated Sex Abuse is essential reading for academics, researchers and students alike, in the areas of psychology, sociology, gender studies, criminology, counselling and social work.

Table of Contents


Part One: Female sexual violence: An object of power/knowledge

Part Two: FSA victimisation: Conditions of (im)possibility

2.1. Material, political and historical conditions for gender and sexuality

2.2. Discursive possibilities for FSA victims

2.3. On becoming a victim

Part Three: An emergent FSA victimhood: Theoretical and practical implications for psychology


About the Author

Sherianne Kramer is a registered South African research psychologist and psychology lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research interests are primarily focused within the critical psychology discipline and include crime, violence and injury prevention, female and child perpetrated physical and sexual violence, gender identity and performativity and knowledge productions.

About the Series

Concepts for Critical Psychology

Disciplinary Boundaries Re-thought

Developments inside psychology that question the history of the discipline and the way it functions in society have led many psychologists to look outside the discipline for new ideas. This series draws on cutting edge critiques from just outside psychology in order to complement and question critical arguments emerging inside. The authors provide new perspectives on subjectivity from disciplinary debates and cultural phenomena adjacent to traditional studies of the individual.

The books in the series are useful for advanced level undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and lecturers in psychology and other related disciplines such as cultural studies, geography, literary theory, philosophy, psychotherapy, social work and sociology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Forensic Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Human Sexuality
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sexual Abuse & Harassment