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Title: ‘Guys! Stop doing it!’: young women's adoption and rejection of safety advice when socializing in bars, pubs and clubs
Authors: Brooks, Oona
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Crime prevention
Sexual violence
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the author's final version of this article, embargoed until April 2013. Published version (c)Oxford University Press, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azr011
Citation: Brooks, O. 2011. ‘Guys! Stop doing it!’: young women's adoption and rejection of safety advice when socializing in bars, pubs and clubs. British Journal of Criminology. 51(4): pp.635-651. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azr011
Abstract: Concern about the increase in alcohol consumption amongst young women, drink spiking and drug-assisted sexual assault have culminated in a renewed focus on safety advice for young women. This paper examines young women's responses to safety advice, and their associated safety behaviours, by drawing upon interview and focus group data from a qualitative study with 35 young women (18–25 years) in relation to their safety in bars, pubs and clubs. The findings reveal that young women's behaviours were complex and contradictory in that they resisted, adopted and transgressed recommended safety behaviours. This raises interesting questions about both the practical and the theoretical implications of contemporary safety campaigns, challenging the prevailing focus on women's behaviour and the gendered discourse invoked by such campaigns.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/1060
ISSN: 0007-0955
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