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Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus (Paperback)


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“Profoundly eye-opening.… Hirsch and Khan present a novel model for explaining and responding to campus sexual assault.” —Claire M. Renzetti, Science

Research has shown that by the time they graduate, as many as one in three women and almost one in six men will have been sexually assaulted. But why is sexual assault such a common feature of college life, and what can be done to prevent it? Drawing on the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) at Columbia University, the most comprehensive study to date of sexual assault on a campus, Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan present an entirely new framework that emphasizes sexual assault’s social roots, based on the powerful concepts of “sexual projects,” “sexual citizenship,” and “sexual geographies.” Empathic, insightful, and far-ranging, Sexual Citizens transforms our understanding of sexual assault and offers a roadmap for how to address it.

About the Author

Jennifer S. Hirsch is a professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and codirected SHIFT.

Shamus Khan is a professor of sociology and American studies at Princeton University, and coheaded the ethnographic team of SHIFT, the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation, at Columbia University.

Praise For…

A clear, intersectional picture of the forces breeding a campus culture that bulldozes consent, as well as a path forward that emphasizes empathy, mutual respect, and bodily autonomy.
— Adrienne Westenfeld - Esquire

A timely and persuasive contribution to today’s national conversation. A must-read!
— Claire E. Sterk, President and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health, Emory University

An enthralling read.… Thank you, Jennifer and Shamus, for this remarkable work.
— Sarah Rose Cavanagh, PhD - Psychology Today

Exemplary work… that represents the future of social science.
— Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council

Extraordinary.… All of us with a responsibility for creating the campus spaces that can generate—or harm—health need to read this book.
— Sandro Galea, dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, School of Public Health, Boston University

Essential reading for parents, young people, medical professionals, and educators.
— Jennifer Cole, professor and chair, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

Timely, authentic, and revolutionary.
— J. Dennis Fortenberry, professor of pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine

A comprehensive, brilliant, groundbreaking study.
— Louise Lamphere, distinguished professor emerita of anthropology, University of New Mexico

A must-read for parents and administrators as well as for young people about to enter this new terrain.
— Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393541335
ISBN-10: 0393541339
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 26th, 2021
Pages: 432
Language: English