1107144841 9781107144842 9781108693370 (ebook)
Cambridge studies in law and society.
This book critically examines socio-political constructions of risk related to sexual offending behaviour by and among children and young people and charts the rise of harmful sexual or exploitative behaviour among peers, drawing on a range of theoretical frameworks and primary research. Discussion of these behaviours is exhibited against a backdrop of the premature cultural sexualisation of contemporary childhood, which challenges traditional conceptions of childhood, victimhood and gendered sexual identities more broadly. It examines the complexities of peer-based sexual behaviours in a range of settings, including within organisational contexts such as schools and care homes, within families and peer-based relationships, as well as online contexts including sexting and cyberbullying. It draws out the myriad legal, practical and policy challenges of negotiating the boundaries between normal/experimental, risky/problematic and harmful sexual behaviour, and in particular the demarcation between coercion and consent, both for professionals as well as children and young people themselves.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Conceptualising children as 'risk': an introduction Child sexual exploitation and abuse: a contemporary history of concerns The social and political construction of sexual offending concerning children The emergence of harmful sexual behaviour Peer-to-peer grooming: a reappraisal The nature and scope of peer-to-peer exploitation and abuse: towards a typology of 'harm' Legal and societal responses to 'risk' Conclusion: reimagining 'risk'.
K5189 .M33 2018
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Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2018.