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Book Review 1120669 SREXXX10.1177/23326492221120669Sociology of Race and EthnicityBook Review book-review2022 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1 –2 © American Sociological Association 2022 sre.sagepub.com Heather R. Hlavka & Sameena Mulla Bodies in Evidence: Race, Gender, and Science in Sexual Assault Adjudication. New York: New York University Press, 2021, $30.00, ISBN. 9781479809660, 312 pp. Reviewed by: Samantha Leonard, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA DOI: 10.1177/23326492221120669 With this impressively detailed ethnography, processes. Instead, they claim, through this research Hlavka and Mulla walk us through the processes, they bear witness to the role of sexual assault adju- both before and after adjudication, that re(forge) the dication in reproducing social inequalities and vio- sexual, gender, and racial inequalities that produce lence. As they note, they were doing ethnography sexual violence in the first place. They ask the in their home community, which was (and contin- reader to question our definitions of violence – and ues to be) experiencing a crisis of mass incarcera- justice – to understand how the carceral system tion. As feminist researchers, Hlavka and Mulla makes visible certain acts, perpetrators, and victims reflect not just on the definition of violence, but of violence at the expense of obscuring others. In also the victim as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Race and Ethnicity SAGE

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© American Sociological Association 2022
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2332-6492
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10.1177/23326492221120669
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1120669 SREXXX10.1177/23326492221120669Sociology of Race and EthnicityBook Review book-review2022 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1 –2 © American Sociological Association 2022 sre.sagepub.com Heather R. Hlavka & Sameena Mulla Bodies in Evidence: Race, Gender, and Science in Sexual Assault Adjudication. New York: New York University Press, 2021, $30.00, ISBN. 9781479809660, 312 pp. Reviewed by: Samantha Leonard, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA DOI: 10.1177/23326492221120669 With this impressively detailed ethnography, processes. Instead, they claim, through this research Hlavka and Mulla walk us through the processes, they bear witness to the role of sexual assault adju- both before and after adjudication, that re(forge) the dication in reproducing social inequalities and vio- sexual, gender, and racial inequalities that produce lence. As they note, they were doing ethnography sexual violence in the first place. They ask the in their home community, which was (and contin- reader to question our definitions of violence – and ues to be) experiencing a crisis of mass incarcera- justice – to understand how the carceral system tion. As feminist researchers, Hlavka and Mulla makes visible certain acts, perpetrators, and victims reflect not just on the definition of violence, but of violence at the expense of obscuring others. In also the victim as

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Sociology of Race and EthnicitySAGE

Published: Jan 1, 2022

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