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How to break a rape culture: gendered fear of crime and the myth of the stranger-rapist

How to break a rape culture: gendered fear of crime and the myth of the stranger-rapist

Fanghanel, Alexandra (2018) How to break a rape culture: gendered fear of crime and the myth of the stranger-rapist. In: Lee, Murray and Mythen, Gabe, (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook on Fear of Crime. Routledge, pp. 417-428. ISBN 978-1138120334

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Abstract

Concern about the gendered nature of fear of crime (and in particular of sex crime), and the spatialisation of fear of crime discourses have preoccupied feminist activists, criminologists and other social scientists for at least the past quarter century. This chapter examines how it is, despite the fact that women have been speaking out against acts of sexual aggression in public space for decades, we continue to live in a context which promotes spatialized violence against women through fear of crime discourses. Interrogating how rape culture is produced by (and it turn produces) rape myths, which produce fear of crime, this chapter deconstructs some of the ways in which rape myths are perpetuated. It advances, following Deleuze and Guattari, how war machines might work to break a rape culture, or at least begin this work. This chapter emphasises why it is imperative that we continue to speak about, and act against, rape culture in contemporary criminological discourses.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fear of crime, gender, sexuality, rape culture, rape myths, Anomals, Brexit
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Crime, Law and (In) Security
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Law
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Law & Criminology Research Group
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 16:09
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/18878

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