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Exposing Sexual Harassment and Bullying in Secondary Schools: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis.

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Exposing Sexual Harassment and Bullying in Secondary Schools: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis.

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Title: Exposing Sexual Harassment and Bullying in Secondary Schools: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis.
Author: Erickson, Rebecca
Advisor(s): Ibarra, Roberto A.
Committee Member(s): Lopez, Nancy
Galvan, Ruth Trinidad
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Sociology
Subject: Intersectionality
Sexual Harassment in Schools
LC Subject(s): Bullying in schools
Sexual harassment in education
Sexual harassment of women
Feminist theory
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: Incidents of sexual harassment and bullying in secondary school are extremely commonplace, yet student experiences are underreported to school officials. Moreover, there are competing definitions regarding what constitutes sexual harassment among administrators, staff, and students. How does social identity influence incidents of sexual harassment and bullying in secondary schools? What kinds of sexual harassment and bullying occur and what are their consequences? How do gender, race/ethnicity, and class affect who is disciplined for sexual harassment and bullying? What role do peers and friends play in the choice to report an incident of sexual harassment? Two distinct school districts are compared, and mixed methodologies are utilized to begin to answer these questions. Disciplinary records for a 9th grade student population (N=777) are analyzed to explore harassment offenses. Student behavior handbooks are examined to garner official positions on sexual harassment and bullying. Administrator, staff, and student focus groups and interviews are assessed to examine discourses on and experiences with sexual harassment and bullying in secondary school. Overall, sexual harassment is not treated seriously within secondary schools. There is a low rate of officially recording sexual harassment and bullying offenses. Male and females students harass and female students perpetuate the sexual harassment of their female peers. Education is imperative and needs to incorporate all forms of harassment.
Graduation Date: May 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10813


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