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The Lived Experience Of Consent


Columbia University faculty members Shamus Khan and Jennifer Hirsch will present their innovative ethnographic research about sexual assault and consent on an elite urban university campus. They find that institutional policies and educational programs about consent must begin with a better understanding both of consent practices and of the factors beyond the individual and interpersonal levels that shape those practices. These factors include the role of peer groups in producing sexual activity, and the ways in which consent practices are shaped by multiple dimensions of social inequality.

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    • Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
    Shamus Khan is Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, where he is the director of the graduate program. He writes on culture, inequality, and elites. He is the author of, Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School (Princeton), The Practice of Research (Oxford, with Dana Fisher), the forthcoming Exceptional: The Astors, the New York Elite, and the story of American Inequality  (...
    • Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
    Jennifer S. Hirsch is Professor and Deputy Chair for Doctoral Studies in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences. Professor Hirsch's research explores gender, sexuality, and reproductive health; the comparative anthropology of love; U.S.-Mexico migration and migrant health, and the applications of anthropological theory and methods to public health research and programs. Her books include A Courtship After Marriage:...