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Online Anti-Rape Activism: Exploring the Politics of the Personal in the Age of Digital Media

Rachel Loney-Howes
University of Wollongong, Australia

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17 Aug 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
180 pages - 152 x 229mm
Emerald Studies in Criminology, Feminism and Social Change
The ebook edition of this title is Open Access, thanks to Knowledge Unlatched funding, and freely available to read online.

Online Anti-Rape Activism examines the nature, use and scope of online spaces for anti-rape activism. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with activists from around the world, survey data from participants in these spaces, and a content analysis of social media pages, weblogs and websites, this book explores the complexities, contradictions, possibilities and politics that underscore the ways these online spaces are engaged with, regulated and their potential to contribute to social change.  In the wake of the #MeToo movement, this book offers a critical commentary on the limitations and potentials of online anti-rape campaigning. It provides a foundation for understanding the emergence of #MeToo and sheds light on the complex history associated with keeping rape on the public agenda and the enduring tension between the personal and the political within feminist activism. The interdisciplinary and international approach makes this book suitable for academics in the fields of gender and women’s studies, media studies, politics, sociology and criminology worldwide. This book has been written for a broad audience, and will appeal to academics, students and activists working in the field.

Chapter 1. Introduction: Rape on the Public Agenda
Chapter 2. The Contours and Critiques of Anti-Rape Activism: A Brief History
Chapter 3. Consciousness-raising and Networked Anti-Rape Counter Publics
Chapter 4. Shifting the Rape Script
Chapter 5. The Politics of Recognition and Representation
Chapter 6. Justice Practices in Digital Spaces
Chapter 7. Conclusion: The Future of Anti-Rape Activism

Dr Rachel Loney-Howes is a Lecturer in Criminology, in the School of Health and Society at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her work explores the use of digital media for anti-sexual violence activism, including mapping the digital footprint of the #MeToo movement in collaboration with other leading international scholars. Alongside Dr Bianca Fileborn, she is the co-editor of the collected edition: #MeToo and the Politics of Social Change.

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