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"'The Glowing Man': A Critical Analysis of a Social Media Disclosure of Sexual Violence in the Field of Cultural Production"

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Title: "'The Glowing Man': A Critical Analysis of a Social Media Disclosure of Sexual Violence in the Field of Cultural Production"
Author: Worden, Christopher
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Sociology
Advisor: Morton, Mavis
Abstract: This thesis examines the discourse surrounding an online disclosure of sexual violence in the music field. Research questions addressed three things: 1. The discursive role of symbolic capital and the field of cultural production; 2. The extent to which features of the online feminist counter-public were represented; and 3. How the logic of the music field and strategies of the online feminist counter-public contributed to accused and complainant outcomes. A critical thematic analysis of the online discourse demonstrated that symbolic capital and position were deployed to defend the accused and discredit the complainant. The response of the online feminist counter-public countered some discrediting discourse common in sexual assault cases, but did not fully engage with the logic of the field of cultural production that was used to discredit the complainant in this case. Recommendations are offered to music journalists, arts funding organizations, and online activists to mitigate against gendered power imbalances stemming from the devaluing of women as cultural producers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/11597
Date: 2017-09
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
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