Online abuse of feminists as an emerging form of violence against women and girls

Lewis, Ruth, Rowe, Michael and Wiper, Clare (2017) Online abuse of feminists as an emerging form of violence against women and girls. British Journal of Criminology, 57 (6). pp. 1462-1481. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

Abuse directed at visible and audible women demonstrates that cyberspace, once heralded as a new, democratic, public sphere, suffers similar gender inequalities as the offline world. This paper reports findings from a national UK study about experiences of online abuse amongst women who debate feminist politics. It argues that online abuse is most usefully conceived as a form of abuse or violence against women and girls, rather than as a form of communication. It examines the experiences of those receiving online abuse, thereby making a valuable contribution to existing research which tends to focus on analysis of the communications themselves.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: online abuse, violence against women and girls, feminism, social media
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ruth Lewis
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 13:32
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:23
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27724

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