Explorations on the Nature of Resistance: Challenging Gender Based Violence in the Academy

Lewis, Ruth and Anitha, Sundari (2019) Explorations on the Nature of Resistance: Challenging Gender Based Violence in the Academy. In: Strategies for resisting sexism in the academy. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 75-94. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Gender based violence (GBV) in universities is well-established as a matter of concern in policy, political and academic environments in the US (e.g. Fisher, et al. 2010) and Canada (e.g. DeKeseredy and Schwartz 2011). In Europe and elsewhere, attention to it has developed more recently (Anitha and Lewis 2018). Hand in hand with that attention, comes resistance to all the forms of GBV, defined here as ‘behaviour or attitudes underpinned by inequitable power relations that hurt, threaten or undermine people because of their (perceived) gender or sexuality’ (Anitha and Lewis 2018, p. 1). This chapter explores the different kinds of resistance that are emerging, including attempts to eradicate GBV (by national bodies, higher education institutes, campaigning groups and activists) as well as the strategies of resistance by those whose actions can be characterised as comprising a ‘backlash’ to (perceived) feminist gains and an attempt to hold onto a gendered status quo.

Keywords:gender based violence, resistance, agency, lad cultures
Subjects:L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:37254
Deposited On:27 Sep 2019 10:10

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