Beyond the rapist : title IX and sexual violence on US campuses / Kate Lockwood Harris.
- New York : Oxford University Press, 2019.
viii, 175 pages ; 21 cm
- Rape in universities and colleges -- United States -- Prevention.
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Sexual harassment in universities and colleges -- Prevention.
- "In the United States, approximately one in five women experiences rape during college, and LGBTQ students experience sexual violence at even higher rates. An increasing number of interested parties, from activists and students to legislators and university administrators, are re-evaluating the role that universities and colleges play in the incidence of sexual violence on their campuses. To this end, the number of U.S. universities under investigation for mishandling sexual assaults has recently grown to the highest count to date. Many more universities, guided by federal laws such as Title IX and the Clery Act, are working to better prevent and address various forms of assault on their campuses by implementing new policies, reporting procedures, and investigative processes. Now that such measures have been implemented for several years, however, the question arises of whether these institutional changes are actually combatting the issue of campus sexual assault or whether they might in practice be reproducing that violence in other forms. In Beyond the Rapist, Kate Lockwood Harris considers this question and how the relationships among organization, communication, and violence inform how we understand the ways in which universities talk about and respond to sexual violence. Drawing upon theoretical insights from feminist new materialism, Harris explores how complex physical and symbolic components of violence are embedded in organizations and applies this thinking to the policies and practices of a university known for its Title IX processes. In doing so, she suggests that combatting the epidemic of sexual violence on college campus involves both recognizing that sexual violence is part of larger systems of injustice and refining our definition of violence to encompass far more than individual moments of physical injury."-- Provided by publisher.
"In the United States, approximately one in five women experiences rape during college, and LGBTQ students experience sexual violence at higher rates than their peers. Given this context, many colleges are working to better prevent and address these assaults. This book takes up this social problem--how organizations talk about and respond to sexual violence--and considers it in proximity to a persistent theoretical dilemma in the academic field of organizational communication: How are organization and violence related, and what does that relationship have to do with communication? Guided by feminist new materialist and intersectional theories, the book examines one public U.S. university known for responding well to sexual violence. It focuses on the policies--shaped by federal laws Title IX, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act--that require most faculty, administrators, and student-employees to report sexual violence to designated campus offices. Unfortunately, as these policies intervene in some sexual violence, they also reinforce other violent systems. The book illustrates the negative consequences of considering communication to be either separate from the physical world or indistinguishable from it. It also details problems with the notion that only individuals enact violence. Through its focus on two core ideas--communication and agency--the book encourages scholars to avoid wholly constructivist or realist arguments, and it shows the importance of questions about power and difference in organizational scholarship on post-humanism and materiality. The book concludes with suggestions for how US universities can generate more effective interventions in sexual violence"-- Provided by publisher.
- Machine generated contents note:
Chapter 1: Why "Beyond the Rapist"?
Chapter 2. An Organization's Relationship to Violence: Reading Communication and Agency through
Feminist New Materialism
Chapter 3. Violence Communicates Differently: Diffraction and the Organization of Rape
Chapter 4. Agency Organizes Violence: Raced and Gendered Boundary-Making Practices for
(Non)human and Discursive Force
Chapter 5. Beyond the Rapist: Rethinking Communication and Agency, Changing Campus Rape.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Other format:
- Online version: Harris, Kate Lockwood. Beyond the rapist.
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