The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse

Emotion, Social Movements, and the State

Author: Nancy Whittier

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199783314

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 260

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As recently as 1970, child sexual abuse was seen as extremely rare and usually harmless. Over thirty years later, the media regularly covers child sexual abuse cases, many survivors speak openly about their experiences, and a thriving network of public and private organizations seek to prevent child sexual abuse and remedy its effects. This is the story of these dramatic changes and the activists who helped bring them about. The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse is the first study of activism against child sexual abuse, tracing its emergence in feminist anti-rape efforts, its development into mainstream self-help, and its entry into mass media and public policy. Nancy Whittier deftly charts the development of the movement's "therapeutic politics," demonstrating that activists viewed tactics for changing emotions and one's sense of self as necessary for widespread social change and combined them with efforts to change institutions and the state. Though activism originated with feminists, as the movement grew and spread to include the goals of non-feminist survivors, opponents, therapists, law enforcement, and elected officials, participants were pulled toward formulations of child sexual abuse as a medical or criminal problem and away from emphases on gender and power. In the process, the movement both succeeded beyond its wildest dreams and saw its agenda transformed in ways that were sometimes unrecognizable. A lucid and moving account, The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse draws powerful lessons about the transformative potential of therapeutic politics, their connection to institutions, and the processes of incomplete social change that characterize American politics today.
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The Politics of Child Abuse in America

Author: Lela B. Costin,Howard Jacob Karger,David Stoesz

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195353761

Category: Social Science

Page: 405

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Child abuse policy in the United States contains dangerous contradictions, which have only intensified as the public slowly accepted it as a middle class problem. One contradiction is the rapidly expanding child abuse industry (made up of enterprising psychotherapists and attorneys) which is consuming enormous resources, while thousands of poor children are seriously injured or killed, many while being "protected" by public agencies. This "rediscovery" has also led to the frenzied pursuit of offenders, resulting in the sacrifice of some innocent people. Moreover, the media's focus on the sensational details of high-visibility sexual abuse cases has helped to trivialize, if not commercialize, the child abuse problem. As such, child abuse has gone from a social problem to a social spectacle. By the 1980s the child welfare system had become a virtual "nonsystem," marked by a staggering turnover of staff, unmanageable caseloads, a severe shortage of funding, and caseloads composed of highly dysfunctional families (many with drug-related problems). To make room for these families, public agencies rationed services by increasingly screening-out child abuse reports which contained little likelihood of serious bodily harm. In The Politics of Child Abuse in America, the authors argue that child abuse must be viewed as a public safety problem. This redefinition would make it congruent with other family-based social trends, including the crackdown on domestic violence. Children must have the same legal protection currently extended to physically and sexually abused women. This can be done by creating a "Children's Authority," which would have the overall charge for protecting children. Specifically, Children's Authorities would have the responsibility for providing the six main functions of child protection: investigation, enforcement, placement services, prevention and education, family support, and research and development. Offering a unique perspective on the cold reality of this crisis, The Politics of Child Abuse in America will be a provocative work for social workers and human service personnel, as well as the general reader concerned with this timely issue.
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The politics and experience of ritual abuse

beyond disbelief

Author: Sara Scott

Publisher: Open University Press

ISBN: 9780335204205

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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Scott (sociology, social policy, and social work, U. of Liverpool) takes seriously the accounts of survivors about ritual abuse and satanic ritual abuse, but at the same time explores the politics of the field in which their accounts have emerged. She has no desire to convince readers that ritual abuse really happens, but wants to explore how validity is accorded to some kinds of life stories and not others, and how some people are constituted as reliable witnesses of their own lives while others are discredited. Ritual abuse happens in many religions throughout the world, she admits, but her focus is on those that have stirred controversy in the industrialized world since the 1980s. Distributed by Taylor and Francis. c. Book News Inc.
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The Trauma Myth

The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children - and Its Aftermath

Author: Susan A. Clancy

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458772241

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 276

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Few would argue that the experience of sexual abuse is deeply traumatic for a child. But in this explosive new book, psychologist Susan Clancy reports on years of research and contends that it is not the abuse itself that causes trauma, but rather the narrative that is later imposed on the abuse experience. Clancy demonstrates that the most common feeling victims report is not fear or panic, but confusion. Because children don't understand sexual encounters in the same ways adults do, they normally accommodate their perpetrators - something they feel intensely ashamed about as adults. The professional assumptions about the nature of childhood trauma can harm victims by reinforcing these feelings. Survivors are thus victimized not only by their abusers but also by the industry dedicated to helping them. Path-breaking and controversial, The Trauma Myth empowers survivors to tell their own stories and radically reshapes our understanding of abuse and its aftermath.
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Regulating Sex

The Politics of Intimacy and Identity

Author: Elizabeth Bernstein,Laurie Schaffner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135934029

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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Regulating Sex is an anthology that presents debates over the role of the state in constructing and controlling erotic practice, intimacy, and identity. The purpose of this edited volume is to address sexual dilemmas in law and the state in substantive areas such as same-sex domestic partnerships, sexual economies, and childhood sexuality via a series of spirited dialogues between socio-legal scholars from diverse disciplinary, national, and political perspectives.
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Not That Kind of Girl

Was ich im Leben so gelernt habe

Author: Lena Dunham

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 310400661X

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Lena Dunham - vom »Time Magazine« zur »coolest person of the year« gewählt Was tun als junge Frau von heute, die lieber Stoffschuhe als Manolos trägt und nicht nach dem einen Prinzen sucht? In ›Not That Kind of Girl‹ erzählt Lena Dunham, Erfinderin der Fernsehserie ›GIRLS‹, hemmungslos persönlich, angstfrei und komisch aus ihrem Leben: von Kondomen in Zimmerpalmen, seltsamen Jungs und von ihrer Angst, keinen Platz in dieser Welt zu finden. Sie schreibt über die Taxifahrer in New York und vom plötzlichen Verliebtsein, über Frauen, die »wie diese Papierdinger behandelt werden, die in Hotelbadezimmern auf den Zahnputzbechern liegen – irgendwie notwendig, aber unendlich verfügbar« – und über Männer, die ungefragt von ihrem Sexleben berichten. Krisengeschüttelt, heiter, absolut im Jetzt: Lena Dunham bringt das Lebensgefühl einer neuen Generation Frauen auf den Punkt.
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Children and the Politics of Culture

Author: Sharon Stephens

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691043289

Category: Social Science

Page: 366

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The bodies and minds of children--and the very space of children--are under assault. This is the message we receive from daily news headlines about violence, sexual abuse, exploitation, and neglect of children, and from a proliferation of books in recent years representing the domain of contemporary childhood as threatened, invaded, polluted, and "stolen" by adults. Through a series of essays that explore the global dimensions of children at risk, an international group of researchers and policymakers discuss the notion of children's rights, and in particular the claim that every child has a right to a cultural identity. Explorations of children's situations in Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, England, Norway, the United States, Brazil, and Germany reveal how children's everyday lives and futures are often the stakes in contemporary battles that adults wage over definitions of cultural identity and state cultural policies. Throughout this volume, the authors address the complex and often ambiguous implications of the concept of rights. For example, it may be used to defend indigenous children from radically assimilationist or even genocidal state policies; but it may also be used to legitimate racist institutions. A substantive introduction by the editor examines global political economic frameworks for the cultural debates affecting children and traces intriguing, sometimes surprising, threads throughout the papers. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Norma Field, Marilyn Ivy, Mary John, Hae-joang Cho, Saya Shiraishi, Vivienne Wee, Pamela Reynolds, Kathleen Hall, Ruth Mandel, Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, and Njabulo Ndebele.
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The politics of child abuse

Author: Paul Eberle,Shirley Eberle

Publisher: Lyle Stuart

ISBN: N.A

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 319

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Examines the functions of child protection agencies, discusses the possibility that children are being manipulated to insure that the court system gets its quota of convictions, and looks at new legislation and courtroom procedures
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Kindheit und Trauma

Trennung, Mißbrauch, Krieg

Author: Werner Hilweg

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783525457986

Category: History

Page: 251

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New Feminist Stories of Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual Scripts and Dangerous Dialogues

Author: Paula Reavey,Sam Warner

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415259446

Category: Psychology

Page: 258

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The international feminist contributors to this book look through the lens of poststructuralism at how child sexual abuse is differently represented and understood in the populist, academic, clinical, media and legal contexts. Reworking earlier feminist analyses, they show how child sexual abuse is not just about gender and power but also about class, race and sexuality. The first, theoretical section of the book critiques normative theories of the 'effects' of abuse, explores the impact and consequences of feminist interventions and critically examines the potential usefulness of a feminist post-stucturalist approach. In the second part, these understandings are applied to specific arenas of practice with the aim of providing a framework for critical intervention and alternative and better ways of working with child sexual abuse.
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The Politics of Child Protection

Contemporary Developments and Future Directions

Author: Nigel Parton

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137269316

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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From Every Child Matters and the Munro Review, to changing shifts in thinking from Coalition government; the child protection system has seen dramatic political and policy developments over recent years. This book brings you a critical analysis of these developments from a leading writer and commentator. It begins by exploring the origins of present-day arrangements, locating English policy and practice in both a wider British and international context. It examines tragic cases such as 'Baby P' and Maria Colwell, considering their impact on public and professional attitudes and, in turn, the implications for the child protection system. Looking to the future of child protection, Nigel Parton considers the current state of the system and argues that we need to address wider social and political issues, including poverty, class and inequality. Original, authoritative and up-to-date, The Politics of Child Protection is an important book for all students, practitioners and researchers interested in safeguarding and child protection.
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Social Construction and Social Work Practice

Interpretations and Innovations

Author: Stanley L. Witkin

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231530307

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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Social construction addresses the cultural factors and social dynamics that give rise to and maintain values and beliefs. Drawing on postmodern philosophies and critical, social, and literary theories, social construction has become an important and influential framework for practice and research within social work and related fields. Embracing inclusivity and multiplicity, social construction provides a framework for knowledge and practice that is particularly congruent with social work values and aims. In this accessible collection, Stanley L Witkin showcases the innovative ways in which social construction may be understood and expressed in practice. He calls on experienced practitioner-scholars to share their personal accounts of interpreting and applying social constructionist ideas in different settings (such as child welfare agencies, schools, and the courts) and with diverse clientele (such as "resistant" adolescents, disadvantaged families, indigenous populations, teachers, children in protective custody, refugee youth, and adult perpetrators of sexual crimes against children). Eschewing the prescriptive stance of most theoretical frameworks, social construction can seem challenging for students and practitioners. This book responds with rich, illustrative descriptions of how social constructionist thinking has inspired practice approaches, illuminating the diversity and creative potential of practices that draw on social constructionist ideas. Writing in a direct, accessible style, contributors translate complex concepts into the language of daily encounter and care, and through a committed transnational focus they demonstrate the global reach and utility of their work. Chapters are provocative and thoughtful, reveal great suffering and courage, share inspiring stories of strength and renewal, and acknowledge the challenges of an approach that complicates evidence-based evaluations and requirements.
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Feminist Review

Author: Feminist Review

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415123778

Category: Social Science

Page: 164

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A unique combination of the activist and the academic, Feminist Review has an acclaimed place within women's studies courses and the women's movement. Feminist Review is produced by a London based editorial colective and publishes and reviews work by women; featuring articles on feminist theory, race, class and sexuality, women's history, cultural studies, black and third world feminism, poetry, photography, letters and much more. Feminist Review is available both on subscription and from bookstores. For a Free Sample Copy or further subscription details please contact Terry Sleight, Routledge Subscriptions, ITPS Ltd., Cheriton House, North Way, Andover SP10 5BE, UK.
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Governing Child Sexual Abuse

Negotiating the Boundaries of Public and Private, Law and Science

Author: Samantha Ashenden

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415158930

Category: Self-Help

Page: 244

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This book studies a number of public inquiries into child abuse in Great Britain during the 1990's. It examines the fallout for both child welfare agencies and the families involved. A book which will allow policy makers to learn form the experience of other bureaucracies.
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Feminist Review

Issue 53: Speaking Out: Researching and Representing Women

Author: The Feminist Review Collective,

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134759673

Category: Social Science

Page: 148

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A unique combination of the activist and the academic, Feminist Review has an acclaimed position within women's studies courses and the women's movement. It publishes and reviews work by women; featuring articles on feminist theory, race, class and sexuality, women's history, cultural studies, black and third world feminism, poetry, photography, letters and much more.
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The Politics of the American Civil Liberties Union

Author: William A. Donohue

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412838443

Category: Law

Page: 366

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This is a critical analysis of the history of the American Civil Liberties Union and represents the first published account of the ACLU's record. Other works on the organization either dealt only with specific issues or have been simply journalistic accounts. Donohue provides the first systematic analysis by a social scientist. It is unquestionably the most serious work now available and is likely to remain the touchstone for any such work for many years to come.
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Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth

Author: Jeffrey Satinover

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441212930

Category: Social Science

Page: 282

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A Christian psychiatrist examines the latest research, refuting the alleged genetic basis for homosexuality and assessing the social power homosexuals have gained.
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Small Wars

The Cultural Politics of Childhood

Author: Nancy Scheper-Hughes,Carolyn F. Sargent

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520209183

Category: Social Science

Page: 429

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"A wake-up call to those who are honestly concerned with global childhood safety."—Carol Stack, author of All Our Kin
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