Governing Child Sexual Abuse: Negotiating the Boundaries of Public and Private, Law and Science / Edition 1

Governing Child Sexual Abuse: Negotiating the Boundaries of Public and Private, Law and Science / Edition 1

by Samantha Ashenden, Ashenden Samant
     
 

The turn of the 1990s saw a number of high profile public inquiries into the handling of child sexual abuse cases in Great Britain. In examines the implications of these inquiries on the regulation of relationships between families and the state, author Samantha Ashenden brings a number of contemporary debates in social and political theory to bear upon the

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The turn of the 1990s saw a number of high profile public inquiries into the handling of child sexual abuse cases in Great Britain. In examines the implications of these inquiries on the regulation of relationships between families and the state, author Samantha Ashenden brings a number of contemporary debates in social and political theory to bear upon the governance of child sexual abuse.

In particular, drawing on the work of Foucault and Habermas, Ashenden looks at:

* how to analyze the boundary between public and private spheres
* the legal and scientific determination of legitimate intervention
* the relationship between democracy and expertise in the governance of social life.

Timely and topical, this book will be of particular interest to scholars and students of social and political theory, political sociology, the sociology of law, and social policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415158930
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/09/2003
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1Child sexual abuse as a problem of governance7
Pt. IConceptual frameworks33
2Dilemmas of liberalism: child, family and state through the public/private distinction35
3From liberal to Critical Theory: child, family and state through the system/lifeworld distinction59
4Reproblematising the governance of child sexual abuse: Foucault's practice of social criticism89
Pt. IIExamining the governance of child sexual abuse107
5Governmentality and liberal political reason109
6Reconstructing the liberal governance of child sexual abuse: the public inquiry into Cleveland (1987)139
7Rearticulating the liberal governance of child sexual abuse: the press and Orkney (1991)165
Conclusion203
Notes211
Bibliography224
Index235

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