Everyday terrorism: Campus sexual violence and the neoliberal university

Sarah Prior, Brooke de Heer

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This article investigates the ways sexual violence experienced on college campuses in the United States is situated within the neoliberal university. Feminist theories are utilized to explore the relationship between sexual violence and neoliberal ideologies. The authors evaluate how neoliberal tenets imbedded in higher education have contributed to, and exacerbated, an environment where sexual victimization is common. An institutional level of analysis is utilized to examine the neoliberal influence on campus sexual violence and investigate the utility of the term everyday terrorism. The authors also address “crimes of omission”, institutional betrayal, and the significance of institutional bravery/courage. The authors provide recommendations for future research in the areas of everyday terrorism and campus violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere12915
JournalSociology Compass
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • campus sexual violence
  • everyday terrorism
  • gendered violence
  • higher education
  • institutional betrayal
  • neoliberalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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