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Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

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by Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan

W.W. Norton & Company

1/26/2021, paperback

SKU: 9780393541335

 

Research has shown that by the time they graduate, as many as one in three women and almost one in six men will have been sexually assaulted. But why is sexual assault such a common feature of college life, and what can be done to prevent it?

Drawing on the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) at Columbia University, the most comprehensive study to date of sexual assault on a campus, Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan present an entirely new framework that emphasizes sexual assault's social roots, based on the powerful concepts of "sexual projects," "sexual citizenship," and "sexual geographies." Empathic, insightful, and far-ranging, Sexual Citizens transforms our understanding of sexual assault and offers a roadmap for how to address it.

Reviews:

"Extraordinary.... All of us with a responsibility for creating the campus spaces that can generate--or harm--health need to read this book." --Sandro Galea, dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, School of Public Health, Boston University

"A clear, intersectional picture of the forces breeding a campus culture that bulldozes consent, as well as a path forward that emphasizes empathy, mutual respect, and bodily autonomy." --Adrienne Westenfeld "Esquire"

"Timely, authentic, and revolutionary." --J. Dennis Fortenberry, professor of pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine

About the Authors:

Jennifer S. Hirsch is a professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and codirected SHIFT.

Shamus Khan is a professor of sociology and American studies at Princeton University, and coheaded the ethnographic team of SHIFT, the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation, at Columbia University.