Reckoning up: sexual harassment and violence in the neoliberal university

Phipps, Alison (2018) Reckoning up: sexual harassment and violence in the neoliberal university. Gender and Education. ISSN 0954-0253

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Abstract

This paper situates sexual harassment and violence in the neoliberal university. Using data from a ‘composite ethnography’ representing twelve years of research, I argue that institutional inaction on these issues reflects how they are ‘reckoned up’ in the context of gender and other structures. The impact of disclosure is projected in market terms: this produces institutional airbrushing which protects both the institution and those (usually privileged men) whose welfare is bound up with its success. Staff and students are differentiated by power/value relations, which interact with gender and intersecting categories. Survivors are often left with few alternatives to speaking out in the ‘outrage economy’ of the corporate media: however, this can support institutional airbrushing and bolster punitive technologies. I propose the method of Grounded Action Inquiry, implemented with attention to Lorde’s work on anger, as a parrhesiastic practice of ‘speaking in’ to the neoliberal institution.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: sexual violence, sexual harassment, neoliberalism, gender, higher education, power, intersectionality
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0826 Social institutions
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
L Education
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher education
Depositing User: Alison Phipps
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 13:18
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2018 14:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76205

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Project NameSussex Project NumberFunderFunder Ref
Gender and Institutional CultureG1703Imperial CollegeUnset
Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence (USVSV)G1893EUROPEAN UNIONJUST/2014/RDAP/AG/VICT/7401
Research into campus culture and the experiences of women students in higher educationG0985NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTSLB-1760