New on Early View: “‘This was a sexual assault'” by Kelly Anne Malinen

Kelly Anne Malinen’s article ““This was a Sexual Assault”: A Social Worlds Analysis of Paradigm Change in the Interpersonal Violence World” just out on Early View of Symbolic Interaction explores changes to the sexual assault service provision in light the challenging of rigidly gendered discourses on sexual violence. Drawing on Howard Becker’s social worlds approach Malinen introduces the “Interpersonal Violence World,” the “Violence Against Women Subworld,” and the “Anti-Violence Project Subworld.” These subworlds can be differentiated by the ways in which violence and gender interact in their discourses. Therein, interactions between survivors of woman-to-woman violence prove problematic when being related to the Violence Against Women Subworld, an issue the Anti-Violence Project Subworld addresses.

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