Masking hegemonic masculinity: reconstructing the paedophile as the dangerous stranger

COWBURN, M. and DOMINELLI, L. (2001). Masking hegemonic masculinity: reconstructing the paedophile as the dangerous stranger. British journal of social work, 31 (3), 399-414.

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    Abstract

    This paper reviews the social constructions of the paedophile as these are embodied in clinical and journalistic discourses. It considers how these discourses have influenced community perceptions of risk and professional responses to the concerns they portray. It then locates these professional constructions within a context of hegemonic masculinity and unsafe families. It concludes that community safety is not adequately addressed by professional assessments of risk that focus primarily on the problems posed by known paedophiles. It is important to consider the problem of sexual violence in a much wider context that problematises the context in which sexual abuse occurs.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British journal of social work following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version- COWBURN, M. and DOMINELLI, L. (2001). Masking hegemonic masculinity: reconstructing the paedophile as the dangerous stranger. British journal of social work, 31(3), 399-414. - is available online at: http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/31/3/399
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Hallam Centre for Community Justice
    Depositing User: Ann Betterton
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2008
    Last Modified: 21 Dec 2010 11:31
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/604

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