Behind the Mask Destruction and Creativity in Women's Aggression

ISBN-10: 0674005376
ISBN-13: 9780674005372
Edition: 1999
Authors: Dana C. Jack
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/2/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

This boldly original book explores the origins, meanings, and forms of women's aggression. Drawing from in-depth interviews with sixty women of different ages and ethnic and class backgrounds--police officers, attorneys, substance abusers, homemakers, artists--Dana Jack provides a rich account of how women explain (or explain away) their own hidden or actual acts of hurt to others. With sensitivity but without sentimentality, Jack gives readers a range of compelling stories of how women channel, either positively or destructively, their own powerful force and of how they resist and retaliate in the face of others' aggression in a society that expects women to be yielding, empathetic, and supportive. Arguing that aggression arises from failures in relationships, Jack portrays the many forms that women's aggression can take, from veiled approaches used to resist, control, and take vengeance on others, to aggression that reflects despair, to aggression that may be a hopeful sign of new strength. Throughout the book, Jack shows the positive sides of aggression as women struggle with internal and external demons, reconnect with others, and create the courage to stand their ground. This work broadens our understanding of aggression as an interpersonal phenomenon rooted in societal expectations, and offers exciting new approaches for exploring the variations of this vexing human experience.

Hearkening to Women's Voices
The Puzzle of Aggression
Ways of Occupying Space
Why Not Huurt Others?
The Rage of Disconnection
Masking Aggression
Creating New Ground
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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