Sexualized Violence is a Citizenly Issue: Neoliberalism, the Affective Economy of Fear and Fighting Approaches to Sexualized Violence Prevention

  • Kascindra Ida Sadie Shewan McMaster University
Keywords: affective economy of fear, citizenship, neoliberalism, sexualized violence


This paper investigates how Western forms of citizenship, formed and informed by (neo)liberal ideologies of governance, mediate strategies for sexualized violence prevention. Focusing on one sexualized violence prevention strategy, what I term “the fighting approach,” I argue that the successes and failures of sexualized violence prevention are contingent upon their commensurability with, and amenability to, the goals of broader sociopolitical systems and discourses of belonging: namely, classical liberal and neoliberal ideals of the citizen.


Cet article examine comment les formes occidentales de citoyenneté, formées et éclairées par les idéologies (néo) libérales de gouvernance, influencent les stratégies de prévention de la violence à caractère sexuel. En me penchant sur une stratégie de prévention de la violence à caractère sexuel, ce que j’appelle « l’approche combattante », j’avance l’argument que les réussites et les échecs de la prévention de la violence à caractère sexuel dépendent de son adéquation aux objectifs de systèmes sociopolitiques plus larges et de discours d’appartenance et de sa capacité à accommoder ces objectifs : notamment les idéaux libéraux classiques et les idéaux néolibéraux du citoyen.

Author Biography

Kascindra Ida Sadie Shewan, McMaster University
Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English and Cultural Studies.


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