From “Ghettoization” to a Field of Its Own: A Comprehensive Review of Street Harassment Research

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Fileborn, Bianca ORCID: 0000-0002-2650-3592 and O’Neill, Tully (2021) From “Ghettoization” to a Field of Its Own: A Comprehensive Review of Street Harassment Research. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. p. 152483802110216. ISSN 1524-8380


Street harassment represents one of the most pervasive forms of sexual violence. While it is commonly understood as a gender-based harm, it also intersects with racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, and other forms of abuse. Although it is rarely responded to through government policy, research illustrates that street harassment can have profoundly negative impacts of those who experience it. This article provides a comprehensive review of the current “state of the field” of street harassment research. We undertook two extensive searches of the EBSCO Discovery database in 2015 and 2020, followed by the use of reference snowballing and a Google Scholar search in order to triangulate results. Studies included in the sample were published in English, peer-reviewed and centrally focused on street harassment. Dissertations and nongovernmental organization reports were also included due to the small number of studies in this field. One hundred eighty-two sources were included in the final sample. Findings show that publications on this topic have increased substantially across the two reviews. We provide a thematic overview of key research findings to date and argue throughout that current research suffers from conceptual and typological slippage and does not consistently take into account the need for an intersectional analysis. We close with suggestions for future directions in research and practice, given the emergent nature of the field.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1177/15248380211021608
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4806 Private law and civil obligations
Current > Division/Research > College of Law and Justice
Keywords Street Harassment, Typologies, Behaviour, Civil inattention
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