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Authors: Carol Bacchi and Jim Jose

Title: Historicising Sexual Harassment

Subtitle: -

Journal: Women's History Review

Volume: 3

Issue: 2

Year: June 1994 (Published online: December 19, 2006)

Pages: 263-270

ISSN: 0961-2025 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1747-583X – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Oceanian History: Australian History | Cases: Offenders / William Herbert Cherry; Cases: Victims / Elsie Grant; Types: Sexual Harassment



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Carol Bacchi, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Adelaide

Jim Jose, Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle, Australia

Abstract: »The paper uses a 1912 case study from South Australia to provoke questions about the way in which feminists have treated historical cases of sexual harassment. It suggests that there are three ‘danger zones’ In these representations: the tendency to assume that we today deal more successfully with instances of harassment, the tendency to interpret complaints in the past as ‘less serious’ or even as trivial, and the tendency to portray women in the past as disempowered by prevailing mores and/or legal presuppositions. The larger message is that these misrepresentations can undermine attempts to deal with sexual harassment today.« (Source: Women’s History Review)

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