Journal Article

Masking Hegemonic Masculinity: Reconstructing the Paedophile as the Dangerous Stranger

Malcolm Cowburn and Lena Dominelli

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 31, issue 3, pages 399-415
Published in print June 2001 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 2001 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/31.3.399
Masking Hegemonic Masculinity: Reconstructing the Paedophile as the Dangerous Stranger

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This paper reviews the social constructions of the paedophile as these are embodied in clinical and journalistic discourses. It considers how these discourses have influenced community perceptions of risk and professional responses to the concerns they portray. It then locates these professional constructions within a context of hegemonic masculinity and unsafe families. It concludes that community safety is not adequately addressed by professional assessments of risk that focus primarily on the problems posed by known paedophiles. It is important to consider the problem of sexual violence in a much wider context that problematises the context in which sexual abuse occurs.

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Subjects: Social Work

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