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Politics N Experience Ritual Abuse, Sc : UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Sociology - Scott

Politics N Experience Ritual Abuse, Sc

UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Sociology

By: Scott

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Published: 1st May 2001
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We live in an era characterized by contradictions, not least in relation to the issue of ritual abuse, which emerged as a social problem only to have its existence immediately challenged by a discourse of disbelief. While many academics have ranked amongst the sceptics in this debate Sara Scott is a sociologist who takes her respondents seriously - as well as acknowledging the interests and experiences which have shaped her own position. This work offers insight into why ritual abuse has become such a contested issue, while enabling the reader to explore "ritual abuse" through the accounts of those who claim direct experience. Drawing on her research with adults, who identified themselves as survivors, the author argues that the wholesale dismissal of such accounts as "false memories" produced by a "moral panic" may be somewhat premature.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Child sexual abuse: the shaping of a social problemp. 13
Unreliable witnesses: memories and moral panicp. 34
The nature of the beast: pornography, prostitution and everyday lifep. 62
The flesh and the word: beliefs and believing in ritual abusep. 81
The gender of horrorp. 103
Making death meaningfulp. 132
Composing the selfp. 160
Conclusionp. 189
Appendixp. 195
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780335204199
ISBN-10: 0335204198
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Sociology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st May 2001
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.3  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1