(2003). The 'harm' story in childhood sexual abuse: contested understandings, disputed knowledges.
In: Reavey, Paula and Warner, Sam eds.
New Feminist Stories of Child Sexual Abuse: Sexual Scripts and Dangerous Dialogues.
London: Routledge, pp. 131–147.
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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