Masking hegemonic masculinity: Reconstructing the paedophile as the dangerous stranger
Cowburn, Malcolm and Dominelli, Lena (2001) Masking hegemonic masculinity: Reconstructing the paedophile as the dangerous stranger. British Journal of Social Work, 31, (3), 399-415. (doi:10.1093/bjsw/31.3.399).
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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.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||doi:10.1093/bjsw/31.3.399|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Work Studies
|Date Deposited:||17 May 2006|
|Last Modified:||06 Aug 2015 02:31|
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