Clergy Sexual Abuse: Social Science Perspectives

Clergy Sexual Abuse: Social Science Perspectives

by Claire M. Renzetti
     
 

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This book brings together experts primarily from the fields of criminology, criminal justice, law, and social work, but also cultural anthropology and psychology, to analyze clergy sexual abuse from the perspective of their individual disciplines. Contributors examine the latest data and analyses on the scope and impact of clergy sexual abuse, frame the problem in

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This book brings together experts primarily from the fields of criminology, criminal justice, law, and social work, but also cultural anthropology and psychology, to analyze clergy sexual abuse from the perspective of their individual disciplines. Contributors examine the latest data and analyses on the scope and impact of clergy sexual abuse, frame the problem in terms of sociological and criminological theories of crime and deviance, explore the social and legal issues the problem raises for the personal and communal life of faith communities, and discuss possibilities for reform, reconciliation, and healing. Covering sexual abuse of both minors and adults, chapters not only focus on the Catholic Church, but also examine Christian faith traditions more generally. The editors’ introductory chapter identifies points of agreement and divergence among the essays, develops a coherent overview of the problem, and presents viable solutions to it.

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From the Publisher
 “While most of the essays deal with the sexual abuse of children by clergy, primarily Roman Catholic clergy, two of the essays deal with the sexual abuse of adults by clergy . . . and they provide the freshest insights.” —American Catholic Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555538095
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
06/11/2013
Series:
Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Patrick Donnelly
“The articles in this book demonstrate the range of perspectives needed to gain a full understanding of the complex social issue of clergy misconduct. By examining the structural and cultural context of abuse from an interdisciplinary perspective, Clergy Sexual Abuse contributes to a better understanding of the issue.”
Nancy Nason-Clark
“Renzetti and Yocum are to be commended for bringing together such an impressive group of scholars on a topic that warrants serious and sustained dialogue. One of the major strengths of the volume is the interweaving of psychological insights with broader social, theological, and legal ones. There is something to offer both readers who know little about the issue and the more informed specialist.”

Meet the Author

CLAIRE M. RENZETTI is a professor of sociology and the Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair at the Center for Research on Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky. SANDRA YOCUM is chair of the Religious Studies Department of the University of Dayton.

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