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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/bjsw/31.3.399
ISSNs: 0045-3102 (print)
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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
ePrint ID: 33554
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:00

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