1st Edition

Gender, Technology and Violence

Edited By Marie Segrave, Laura Vitis Copyright 2017
    142 Pages
    by Routledge

    142 Pages
    by Routledge

    Technological developments move at lightening pace and can bring with them new possibilities for social harm. This book brings together original empirical and theoretical work examining how digital technologies both create and sustain various forms of gendered violence and provide platforms for resistance and criminal justice intervention.

    This edited collection is organised around two key themes of facilitation and resistance, with an emphasis through the whole collection on the development of a gendered interrogation of contemporary practices of technologically-enabled or enhanced practices of violence.

    Addressing a broad range of criminological issues such as intimate partner violence, rape and sexual assault, online sexual harassment, gendered political violence, online culture, cyberbullying, and human trafficking, and including a critical examination of the broader issue of feminist ‘digilantism’ and resistance to online sexual harassment, this book examines the ways in which new and emerging technologies facilitate new platforms for gendered violence as well as offering both formal and informal opportunities to prevent and/or respond to gendered violence.

    Preface (Sandra Walklate)

    Introduction (Laura Vitis and Marie Segrave)

    1. New forms of gendered surveillance? Intersections of technology and family violence (Janemaree Maher, Jude Mcculloch and Kate Fitz-Gibbon)

    2. Gendered exploitation in the digital border crossing? An analysis of the human trafficking and information technology nexus (Sanja Milivojevic and Marie Segrave)

    3. Feminist flight and fight responses to gendered cyberhate (Emma A. Jane)

    4. Internet intermediaries and online gender-based violence (Elena Pavan)

    5. Anti-rape narratives and masculinity in online space: A case study of two young men’s responses to the Steubenville rape case (Fairleigh Gilmour and Laura Vitis)

    6. The role of information and communication technologies in facilitating and resisting gendered forms of political violence (Gabrielle Bardall)

    Conclusion (Marie Segrave and Laura Vitis)




    Marie Segrave is an ARC DECRA Fellow researching unlawful migrant labour, exploitation and regulation. She is an Associate Professor in Criminology at Monash University and leads the Trafficking and Labour Exploitation research agenda of the Border Crossing Observatory (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/thebordercrossingobservatory/) and is a researcher with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Focus Program. She researches migration, gender, violence and regulation in many forms.

    Laura Vitis is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Liverpool in Singapore. Her research focuses on the regulation of and resistance to gendered violence facilitated by technology, youth sexting and the role of risk in the Sex Offender Register.

    "This ground-breaking collection of essays will shape our understanding of the gendered intersections of violence and technology, illuminating how technology alters, intensifies, facilitates, and resists gendered violence. Gender, Technology and Violence will be the "go to" book for students, researchers, and activists seeking empirical and theoretical advances in the fields of gendered violence and victimization, and technology and crime. This exceptional compilation of readings by top scholars sets the stage for further research for years to come."

    Marjorie S. Zatz, Professor of Sociology, University of California Merced, USA

    "Segrave and Vitis bring together an impressive collective of international and interdisciplinary scholars to consider how the technologies wrought by the digital revolution present new opportunities for both committing and confronting violence. The authors interrogate how being always connected increases the repertoire of gendered violence to harass, abuse, control, and take revenge, most commonly on women and girls. Yet it also facilitates the organizing of support and community to respond and protect. This volume is engaging, intellectually sophisticated, well researched and written. It will enrage and enlighten readers."

    Mona J.E. Danner, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University, USA

    "This interdisciplinary collection of essays offers a refreshing interrogation of the violence–technology–gender nexus. Technology both facilitates and accelerates the creation of new forms of gendered violence that target women (such as the use of GPS tracking devices, social media, hate-speech, revenge porn to extend violence against intimate partners). Chapters within draw attention to how digital media technologies are also used to threaten, intimidate, demean and sexualise public women, such as journalists, politicians, feminists and academics. However, the collection also stresses that technology can also be utilised as a means and strategy to resist gendered based violence. Social media can be deployed to generate counter publics and expose the trolls that demean, sexualise and harass public women. The compendium also explores the responsibility of individuals, service providers, social media providers, governments and communities in responding to technology assisted gendered violence. Prevention is profoundly important because the world wide web has created new spaces where gendered violence can operate outside current laws and modes of regulation. This is an important and timely book with a fresh perspective and deep grasp of a growing problem in a world where technology is coming to shape our daily experiences of humanity."

    Professor Kerry Carrington, Head of School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia