Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

David Boromisza-Habashi

Second Advisor

Phaedra C. Pezzullo

Third Advisor

Bryan C. Taylor

Abstract

Recent online movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have not only brought sexual violence into mainstream conversations, it has also illuminated the accompanying practice of “calling-out abusers” as a significant way for understanding alternative approaches to accountability for perpetrators of sexual violence. DIY/punk communities in particular serve as unique sites for studying this practice, having been engaged in this practice long before it reached mainstream popularity. Drawing on theories and methodologies from the ethnography of communication tradition, I will describe and explicate the communicative practice of “calling-out” perpetrators of sexual violence within DIY/punk communities through the SPEAKING framework and cultural discourse analysis. By looking to both the doing of and talking about the practice of “calling-out,” I uncover locally significant meanings around sexual violence, alternative accountability processes, and online settings as an increasingly common space for the enactment of community.

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