Anne‐Marie McAlinden

in 'Grooming' and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583720
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191758263 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology


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This introductory chapter establishes the theoretical framework of the book and outlines its primary purpose — to examine critically contemporary popular and state-led constructions of grooming within the comparative context of the four jurisdictions in the United Kingdom and Ireland. A core task of the analysis is to unpack and critically explore the complexities and subtleties of the role of grooming behaviours within the often multi-faceted process of the onset of sexual offending against children, including how they might be addressed more effectively within political and policy making discourses. In particular, in countering conceptualisations of grooming within the two key contemporary constructs of the Internet and institutional abuse, the book also seeks to critically examine the role of grooming behaviours within the context of intra-familial as well as extra-familial abuse. It also puts forward a new working definition of grooming and outlines the background to the primary research.

Keywords: public discourses; official discourses; grooming; Internet; institutional abuse

Chapter.  6600 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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