Believability: Sexual Violence, Media, and the Politics of Doubt

Banet-Weiser, Sarah and Higgins, Kathryn Claire. 2023. Believability: Sexual Violence, Media, and the Politics of Doubt. Cambridge: Polity Press. ISBN 9781509553815 [Book]

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The #MeToo movement created more opportunities for women to speak up about sexual assault. But we are also living in a time when “fake news” and “alternative facts” call into question the very nature of truth.This troubling paradox is at the heart of this compelling book. The convergence of #MeToo and the crisis of post-truth is used to explore the experiences of women and people of color whose claims around issues of sexual violence are often held in doubt. Banet-Weiser and Higgins investigate how the gendered and racialized logics of “believability” are defined and contested within media culture, proposing that a mediated “economy of believability” is the context in which public bids for truth about sexual violence are made, negotiated, and authorized today.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


April 2023

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