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The Politics and Experience of Ritual Abuse: Beyond Disbelief

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"The Politics and Experience of Ritual Abuse has been written for anyone interested in the specific controversy over ritual abuse, including students and researchers in criminology, social work, sociology and women's studies."--BOOK JACKET.
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Scott (sociology, social policy, and social work, U. of Liverpool) takes seriously the accounts of survivors about ritual abuse and satanic ritual abuse, but at the same time explores the politics of the field in which their accounts have emerged. She has no desire to convince readers that ritual abuse really happens, but wants to explore how validity is accorded to some kinds of life stories and not others, and how some people are constituted as reliable witnesses of their own lives while others are discredited. Ritual abuse happens in many religions throughout the world, she admits, but her focus is on those that have stirred controversy in the industrialized world since the 1980s. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335204205
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 224

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Child sexual abuse: the shaping of a social problem 13
2 Unreliable witnesses: memories and moral panic 34
3 The nature of the beast: pornography, prostitution and everyday life 62
4 The flesh and the word: beliefs and believing in ritual abuse 81
5 The gender of horror 103
6 Making death meaningful 132
7 Composing the self 160
Conclusion 189
Appendix 195
Bibliography 201
Index 217
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