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Legal Consciousness and Responses to Sexual Harassment.
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PMID:  20300446     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Studies of legal mobilization often focus on people who have perceived some wrong, but rarely consider the process that selects them into the pool of potential "mobilizers." Similarly, studies of victimization or targeting rarely go on to consider what people do about the wrong, or why some targets come forward and others remain silent. We here integrate sociolegal, feminist, and criminological theories in a conceptual model that treats experiencing sexual harassment and mobilizing in response to it as interrelated processes. We then link these two processes by modeling them as jointly determined outcomes and examine their connections using interviews with a subset of our survey respondents. Our results suggest that targets of harassment are selected, in part, because they are least likely to tell others about the experience. Strategies that workers employ to cope with and confront harassment are also discussed. We find that traditional formal/informal dichotomies of mobilization responses may not fully account for the range of ways individuals respond to harassment, and we propose a preliminary typology of responses.
Amy Blackstone; Christopher Uggen; Heather McLaughlin
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Law & society review     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0023-9216     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-7-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100968936     Medline TA:  Law Soc Rev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  631-668     Citation Subset:  -    
University of Maine.
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R01 HD044138-21//NICHD NIH HHS

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