1st Edition

New Directions in Sexual Violence Scholarship Law, Power and Change

Edited By Kate Gleeson, Yvette Russell Copyright 2023
    286 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection brings together leading and emerging scholars in the important field of sexual violence scholarship.

    The last ten years have witnessed an international reckoning on sexual violence, typified in the mainstream imagination by the #MeToo movement, acknowledgement of the violence of university campus life, and the overdue recognition of the enduring harms of child sexual abuse. While the state has been forced to respond through law and other political processes, at times revealing its agility and at other times its archaic investment in the past, much of the real work responding to sexual violence and abuse has taken place within communities, and in the personal responses of the individuals writing the scripts of their experiences. This volume explores the nuances of these individual experiences and considers how they are shaped and reflected by intersecting axes of power including gender, race, class, age and able-bodied status. It reflects on law and law reform in the area and suggests new modes and frames through which to explain and understand sexual violence and institutional responses to it. Debates within this contested personal and political arena do not map onto longstanding binaries of liberal and radical feminism, nor conservative and progressive politics. This interdisciplinary volume traces that murky terrain and features some of the leading international scholars writing on sexual violence in English today.

    This book will appeal to scholars and students across the broad disciplines of law and legal studies; criminology; gender studies; political science and sociology.

    New Directions in Sexual Violence Scholarship: Law, Power and Change

    Kate Gleeson and Yvette Russell

    Part One: Reconsidering Power and Consent

    1. Thinking beyond ‘cultural change’: towards a materialist theory of sexual violence prevention

    Anna Hush

    2. Consent, Coercive Circumstances and (Imbalances of) Power: Lessons from International Criminal Law

    Eithne Dowds

    3. Archetypal Sluts: Payment of Sex Workers as a Condition of Consent

    Zahra Stardust and Hilary Caldwell

    Part Two: Challenging the Colonial Order

    4. Reading International Rape Law from the South

    Louise du Toit

    5. No Consent and No Disclosure: Black Australian Women and Sexual Violence

    Tess Ryan

    6. After Provocation: Reconciling the Legacy of the Homosexual Advance Defence in Occupied Australia

    Kate Gleeson

    Part Three: Reforming the Rape Trial

    7. Sexual History Evidence in Review: Stasis in Constant Change

    Joanne Conaghan and Yvette Russell

    8. Mind the Gap: Implementing ‘Rape Shield’ Laws in Scottish Sexual Offences Trials

    Sharon Cowan

    9. Complainant Intoxication Evidence and Proof of Non-Consent in Australian Rape Trials: Insights from Appellate Court Decisions

    Julia Quilter and Luke McNamara

    10. "It Felt Like a Comma, Not a Full Stop": Complainers’ Experiences of the Not Proven Verdict within Scottish Rape Trials

    Vanessa E. Munro

    Part Four: Speaking Truth to Power

    11. Beyond Speaking Out: #MeToo and the Limits of Narrative Politics

    Tanya Serisier

    12. New Materialism and Artful Interventions: Exploring the Affects of ‘Let’s Talk about Sexual Violence’

    Anna Carline and Clare Gunby

    13. Sex at the Workplace: Making Sexual Harassment Visible in Indonesian Businesses

    Hendri Yulius Wijaya, Lany Harijanti, Maya Juwita, Nizma Fadila and Zelda Lupsita


    Kate Gleeson is Associate Professor of Politics and Law at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

    Yvette Russell is Associate Professor of Law and Feminist Theory at the University of Bristol, UK.