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Child sexual abuse: an Anthropological perspective

Montgomery, Heather (2007). Child sexual abuse: an Anthropological perspective. In: Rousseau, George ed. Children and Sexuality: The Greeks to the Great War. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 319–347.

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Abstract

About the book: Children and Sexuality probes the hidden relations between children and sexuality in case studies from the Greeks to the Great War. The cases revived extend from Alcibiades to Lewis Carroll, from the Ancient Greeks to the Victorians, each recounted with scrupulous vigilance to detail and nuance. The authors do not blindly accept the current cant about rampant child seduction as a recent phenomenon. Nor do they collectively agree that abuse occurred historically primarily in the absence of sufficient protection of childrens' rights. They demonstrate that much scandal of the past indulged adult fantasies about adult sexuality and loss of innocence, especially the quest for possession of perfect bodies. The book is grounded in history and literature, biography and social relationships, yet also engages with current debates in literary and cultural history, and with the new history of childhood. It goes a long way toward demonstrating that considerations of children and sexuality have moved on from what they were when the American psychohistorian Lloyd deMause wrote about it a generation ago.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 0-230-52526-1, 978-0-230-52526-9
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 6851
Depositing User: Heather Montgomery
Date Deposited: 25 May 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/6851
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