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Mapping rape culture: nation and the struggle for social justice

Mapping rape culture: nation and the struggle for social justice

Fanghanel, Alexandra ORCID: 0000-0002-4041-561X (2018) Mapping rape culture: nation and the struggle for social justice. In: EUROCRIM 2018: 18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology: Crimes Against Humans and Crimes against Humanity Book of abstracts. European Society of Criminology, p. 388.

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Abstract

On December 31st 2016 throngs of men profited from the New Year’s festivities to sexually molest women revellers. At the time, it was widely reported in the press that the attackers of these women were predominantly men who were black and foreign. Initially, men seeking asylum from Syria were blamed for the attacks, subsequently it was discovered that man of these perpetrators were from North Africa. These attacks, in Cologne and in other parts of Germany, sparked nationalist backlashes which continue to reverberate around Europe. This paper explores how this manifested itself into a form of cartography of migrant sex crime against women which has since been used to mobilise ideologies of state and of belonging, not least in pro-Brexit discourses. Across the spectrum of the political right and the political left rhetoric about the female body – violated by the Black Other – has been mobilised as both crucible and synecdoche for the forging of a vision of nationhood. This paper considers some of the implications of the discourses expressed here, which mobilise the figure of the woman-as-victim and enshrines rape culture within the fabric of the nation.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: EUROCRIM 2018: 18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology: Crimes Against Humans and Crimes against Humanity Book of abstracts
Uncontrolled Keywords: rape culture, cartography, einzelfall
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Crime, Law and (In) Security
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:23
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30990

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