Introduction

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

May 3, 2011

ART: Through a Foucauldian lens

Author: Sheri Bell
Title: Through a Foucauldian lens
Subtitle: A genealogy of child abuse
Journal: Journal of family violence
Volume: 26
Issue: 2
Year: February 2011
Pages: 101-108
ISSN: 0885-7482
Language: English
Full Text: SpringerLink [Restricted.]

Abstract: »This theoretical paper takes on a difficult and dangerous argument: that ‘child abuse’ is socially constructed. By using Michel Foucault’s analysis of the complex interplay between power and knowledge, we may be able to explain the changing forms that the struggle against child abuse has taken, without minimizing the reality of the suffering that abuse causes. By examining the historical role that state and child welfare movements played in developing child protective services in North America, we discover how scientific epistemology and medical discourse on child abuse have come together to shape and construct societal beliefs about abusers. This analysis allows us to deepen our understanding of child abuse and the means to preventing it, as well as guides us in developing better and more informed social policies.« [Source: Journal of family violence.]