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Men, Masculinities and Prevention of Sexual Violence in the Everyday Context: A Case Study with Male Students at the University of Guelph, Canada

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Title: Men, Masculinities and Prevention of Sexual Violence in the Everyday Context: A Case Study with Male Students at the University of Guelph, Canada
Author: Hutchinson, Hannah
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Sociology
Advisor: Srinivasan, Sharada
Abstract: Sexual violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men and the victims are overwhelmingly women, yet sexual violence prevention is dominated by women and research reflects a lack of work with and by men. To address this gendered imbalance, this research project utilizes a feminist framework to explore how men, in the everyday context, engage with other men to discuss, address, and prevent, sexual violence. Through the use of semi-structured interviews with male students, this research project finds that men most often engage with issues of sexual violence with their close male friends through conversation and discussion of sexual violence- related issues and topics, and by responding to expressions of inappropriate behaviour made by other men to disrupt and show their disapproval. Based on the findings of this research, it is recommended that future research further explore the more subtle and innocuous ways men discuss and navigate issues of sexual violence with their male friends in everyday social interactions.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/21414
Date: 2020-11
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