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Seminario “Othering the rapist: rurality and responses to sexual violence”

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Martedì, 21 Novembre, 2017

Il Dipartimento di Psicologia dei Processi di Sviluppo e Socializzazione organizza il seminario "Othering the rapist: rurality and responses to sexual violence".

Abstract:
In recent years, research has shown that physical and sexual violence is just as common in  rural areas as in urban areas, and that it has its specific characteristics in rurality. For instance, it has been argued that women in rural areas are particularly affected by socioeconomic disadvantage, geographical distance exacerbates victims’ social isolation, there may be a lack of anonymity in small communities, and rurality is characterized by ‘rural patriarchies’ that provide social and emotional support to violent men. By highlighting the particular vulnerabilities victims of rural sexual violence may experience, this line of research has problematized notions of the countryside as idyllic and peaceful. But while doing this, it also reproduces stereotypes of the countryside and rural masculinities. Highlighting rural violence may contribute to reinforcing perceptions of the countryside and its habitants as deviant. To avoid this, we need to explore the social and cultural processes where rural men are given both marginalized and privileged positions: they are usually privileged vis-à- vis rural women and non-Whites, but subordinated in relation to large portions of the urban middle class. To do so, this paper draws on a larger ethnographic study of a gender based violence- prevention program in Swedish secondary schools called Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP). The data consists of participant observations of leadership training and supervision, group interviews with teachers and students, as well as video-based observations of classroom interaction. We also analyze the media debate about a case where a teenage boy convicted of rape was given support while his victim was bullied by the village. The boy and the community was heavily criticized in media and particularly in a documentary. The documentary is used in MVP to discuss sexual violence, masculinity and bystander responses. Teachers and students participating in the program liked the case since it stimulated discussion and engagement. However, while the aim of the program is to highlight the mundanity of sexual violence and how perpetrators problematically may gain support, classroom discussions presented the village as a deviant place, set in different time and space. Through this, rape and support of sexual violence was presented as something that primarily occurs in small, rural communities, and by Other men.

Lucas Gottzen is associate professor at the Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University. His research primarily focuses on the affect, gender and relationality of violent young and adult men. He has published in a variety of journals, including Language in Society, Gender & Society, Culture, Health & Sexuality, Children’s Geographies and Qualitative Research. He is the editor of NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies and the International Handbook of Masculinity Studies (Routledge, forthcoming). 

Anna Franzen, PhD in Psychology, is assistant professor in Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University. Drawing mainly on a discursive framework, her research at large centers on young men in institutions and issues of violence, crime and identity. Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Youth Studies and Discourse Studies.

Relatori:
Lucas Gottzén & Anna Franzén, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University (S)

Quando:
Mercoledì 22 novembre 2017, ore 11.00 

Dove:
Aula E. Ponzo
piano 3, stanza 329
D.P.P.S.S.
Via dei Marsi 78, Roma
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