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Children as ‘Risk'
Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Children and Young People

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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107144842

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  • 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.

    • Combines high-level theoretical analysis with original empirical research in the form of over thirty semi-structured interviews with professionals working with children and young people affected by harmful sexual or exploitative behaviour.
    • Examines the principal factors underlying the emergence of harmful sexual or exploitative behaviour among children and adolescents and the myriad challenges within today's highly sexualized cultural landscape
    • Examines 'peer-to-peer-forms of exploitation and abuse in a range of contexts in both online and offline contexts
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    'Children as Risk is a superb monograph that I would recommend to others without hesitation. Laura Bainbridge, The British Journal of Criminology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107144842
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Theoretical and Policy Context:
    1. Conceptualising children as 'risk: an introduction
    2. Child sexual exploitation and abuse: a contemporary history of concerns
    3. The social and political construction of sexual offending concerning children
    Part II. Children As 'Risk': Children and Young People Who Display Harmful Sexual or Exploitative Behaviour:
    4. The emergence of harmful sexual behaviour
    5. Peer-to-peer grooming: a re-appraisal
    6. The nature and scope of peer-to-peer exploitation and abuse: towards a typology of 'harm'
    7. Legal and societal responses to 'risk'
    Part III. Future Approaches:
    8. Conclusion: re-imagining 'risk'.

  • Author

    Anne-Marie McAlinden, Queen's University Belfast
    Anne-Marie McAlinden is a Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at Queen's University Belfast. She is an internationally recognised expert on sexual offending against children and the author/editor of over fifty publications, including two previous sole-authored monographs, the first of which, The Shaming of Sexual Offenders (2007), was awarded the British Journal of Criminology Book Prize 2008. She has been Principal Investigator on a number of ESRC funded projects including a recently completed three-year study on 'Sex Offender Desistance'; and currently 'Apologies, Abuses and Dealing with the Past', where one of the case studies is institutional child abuse.

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