A balancing act: Agency and constraints in university students’ understanding of and responses to sexual violence in the night-time economy

Anitha, Sundari, Jordan, Ana, Jameson, Jill and Davy, Zowie (2020) A balancing act: Agency and constraints in university students’ understanding of and responses to sexual violence in the night-time economy. Violence Against Women . ISSN 1077-8012

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Abstract

This paper extends our understanding of how university students make sense of, and respond to, sexual violence in the night-time economy (NTE). Based on semi-structured interviews with 26 students in a city in England, we examine students’ constructions of their experiences of sexual violence within the NTE, exploring their negotiations with, and resistance to, this violence. Building upon theories of postfeminism, we interrogate the possibilities for resistance within the gendered spaces of the NTE and propose a disaggregated conceptualisation of agency to understand responses to sexual violence, thereby offering useful insights for challenging sexual violence in the NTE and in universities.

Keywords:sexual violence, gender based violence, night time economy, postfeminism, agency
Subjects:L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
L Social studies > L216 Feminism
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:38952
Deposited On:25 Nov 2019 09:44

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