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Children, sexualisation and the law

Children, sexualisation and the law

Fanghanel, Alexandra ORCID: 0000-0002-4041-561X and Milne, Emma (2021) Children, sexualisation and the law. In: Fanghanel, Alexandra ORCID: 0000-0002-4041-561X , Milne, Emma, Zampini, Giulia Federica ORCID: 0000-0002-9456-4792 , Banwell, Stacy ORCID: 0000-0001-7395-2617 and Fiddler, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-0695-6770 , (eds.) Sex and Crime. Key Approaches to Criminology . SAGE Publications Ltd, London, pp. 255-279. ISBN 978-1526491138; 978-1529752281; 1529752280

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In contemporary social life, there is little that arouses stronger feeling than the conjunction of children and sex. The sexualisation of children is condemned; the sex lives of children are tightly controlled, even criminalised; and paedo¬philes are among the most reviled criminal group in popular discourses. In this chapter, we are going to unpack some of what constructs these strong feelings. We are going to examine what appears to be the taboo of childhood sexuality and the social, cultural and legal ways that this is responded to in contemporary social life. We are going to do this by examining the contrasting ways that childhood sexuality is figured; what happens when children send ‘sexts’ to each other; the controversies around paedophilia; and recent approaches to child sex crimes, including the offence of grooming and atti¬tudes to child sexual exploitation.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Part Three: Sex, cultures, and crime; Chapter Twelve: Children, sexualisation and the law
Uncontrolled Keywords: childhood, sexuality, sexting, desire, paedophilia, grooming
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
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