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Gender Violence, Social Media, and Online Environments
When the Virtual Becomes Real

Edited By

Lisa M. Cuklanz

ISBN 9781032197913
Published December 30, 2022 by Routledge
222 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines contexts, practices, and activism on issues of gender violence at the intersections of online and public spaces. Through individual case studies, the volume considers the interplay between the virtual worlds of online spaces including social media, physical spaces and bodies, and the ways in which offline and online dimensions of experience can serve as motivators for, extensions of, or limitations to each other.

Examining both problems and potential solutions, chapters explore the impacts of, and potential resistance to, the intersections of gender violence, social media, and our complex lived environments across national boundaries. Throughout the volume, close attention is paid to the difficult issues highlighted when prior conceptions of basic foundations such as public space, individual rights, and professional responsibility are confronted by new examples that further trouble the boundaries of long-held frameworks of legal, social, professional understanding, and even our comprehension of the "real." Each chapter grapples with a difficult reality related to gender violence, underscores possible ways forward, and highlights limitations, resisting easy answers to complex and persistent questions about rights, personal integrity, and social responsibility.

Offering clear insights into a critical issue, this book will be of interest to scholars and students in the areas of media studies, social media, gender and women's studies, sociology and criminology, digital humanities, and politics.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Part 1: Contexts

1. Introduction

Lisa Cuklanz

2. From Street to Screen: On the Right to Public Space in the Age of Algorithms

Cláudia Álvares

3. Scrutinizing Sexual Persecution in Digital Communication through the Field of Haptics

Soumen Mukherjee & Leslie Ramos Salazar


Part 2: Practices

4. Female Corporealities of Blame and Invasion in Cases of Sexual and Sexist Cyberbullying in the Basque Region

Estibaliz Linares Bahillo, Maria Silvestre Cabrera, & Raquel Royo Prieto

5. Busting Trolls: Examining the Hate Campaign Against Actress Leslie Jones

Benjamin Brojakowski & Gabriel Cruz

6. Drivers Against the Machine: Reproductive Labor and Reproductive Justice in a Phantom Public

Kasturi Ray & Julietta Hua

7. "Suddenly We Were the Story:" Women Journalists, the #MeToo Movement, & Online Misogyny in India

Paromita Pain


Part 3: Activism

8. #RhodesWar: Contesting Institutional Silencing in the Struggle against Rape in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Gavaza Maluleke

9. Rectifying Gender Violence within Religious Communities through Hashtag Activism 

Kristin M. Peterson

10. "You Can Start a Movement With a Hashtag:" An Exploration of Student-Led Social Media Activism

Candace Parrish, Lorena Briones Winkler, Avina Ross, Tremayne Robertson, & Alyssa Glace Maryn

11. Using Social Media Tools to Contribute to and Challenge Gendered Violence

Victoria Carty 


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Lisa M. Cuklanz, PhD, is a Professor of Communication at Boston College. She has published several books and many other publications in the areas of media studies and gender studies. Her research interests center on violence in media.