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Politics of child sexual abuse : emotion, social movements, and the state

Author: Nancy Whittier
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2011] ©2009
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"As recently as 1970, child sexual abuse was seen as extremely rare and usually harmless. Over thirty years later, the media regularly covers child sexual abuse cases, many survivors speak openly about their experiences, and a thriving network of public and private organizations seek to prevent child sexual abuse and remedy its effects. This is the story of these dramatic changes and the activists who helped bring  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Whittier
ISBN: 0199783314 9780199783311
OCLC Number: 694147535
Notes: Originally published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 2011"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: From rare perversion to patriarchal crime: feminist challenges to knowledge about incest in the 1970s --
The politics of the "therapeutic turn": self-help and internalized oppression --
Social services, social control, and social change: the state and public policy in the 1970s and 1980s --
Going mainstream: self-help activism during the 1980s --
Diffusion and dilution: mass culture discovers child sexual abuse --
Turning tides: countermovement organizing, "false memory syndrome," and the struggle over scientific knowledge --
The politics of visibility: coming out, activist art, and emotional change --
The paradoxical consequences of success.
Responsibility: Nancy Whittier.

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"As recently as 1970, child sexual abuse was seen as extremely rare and usually harmless. Over thirty years later, the media regularly covers child sexual abuse cases, many survivors speak openly about their experiences, and a thriving network of public and private organizations seek to prevent child sexual abuse and remedy its effects. This is the story of these dramatic changes and the activists who helped bring them about."--Amazon.com.

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