ERIC Number: EJ746635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 84
Performing Gender: A Discourse Analysis of Theatre-Based Sexual Violence Prevention Programs
Iverson, Susan V.
NASPA Journal, v43 n3 p547-577 2006
Among the numerous approaches that are employed to prevent sexual violence, the performance of scenarios has become one of the "promising practices" in U.S. postsecondary education. This article describes findings from a pilot study to analyze scripts used for theatre-based sexual violence prevention programs. Employing the method of discourse analysis, this study analyzed five sexual violence prevention scripts from three postsecondary institutions to identify the predominant discourses taken up to depict men and women in theatre-based sexual violence prevention programs. Analysis revealed dominant discourses of masculinity and femininity shaping images of men as heroes and abusers and women as vulnerable and victims. The article concludes with recommendations for student affairs practice.
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Violence, Prevention, Sexual Abuse, Higher Education, Electronic Mail, Masculinity, Feminism, Scripts, Skits, Student Personnel Workers, Sexual Identity, Gender Differences, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States