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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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dc.contributor.author Erickson, Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-24T22:30:38Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-24T22:30:38Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-24T22:30:38Z
dc.date.submitted May 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10813
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The Sociological Initiatives Fund and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Intersectionality en_US
dc.subject Sexual Harassment in Schools en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bullying in schools
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual harassment in education
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual harassment of women
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist theory
dc.title Exposing Sexual Harassment and Bullying in Secondary Schools: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Sociology en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Sociology en_US
dc.description.advisor Ibarra, Roberto A.
dc.description.committee-member Lopez, Nancy
dc.description.committee-member Galvan, Ruth Trinidad

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