Computing and Library Services - delivering an inspiring information environment

The Groomers and the Question of Race

Miah, Shamim (2015) The Groomers and the Question of Race. Identity papers: A journal of British and Irish studies, 1 (1). pp. 54-66. ISSN 2058-6205

[img] PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (223kB)


The last decade has witnessed a number of prominent police-led operations relating to child sexual exploitation (CSE) in England. Whilst much of the public discourse related to Operation Yewtree, Operation Fernbridge, and others has focused on the criminal nature of CSE, race has been absent from that discourse; conversely, the public debates relating to grooming cases by men of Pakistani heritage have been marked by the presence of race. By critically evaluating the above cases this article aims to put forward three related arguments. First, it aims to highlight and explain contrasting ways in which CSE is debated vis-á-vis the category of racialised politics. Second, it demonstrates how racialised discourse of CSE, initially considered to be a feature of far-right rhetoric, has taken centre ground. Finally, drawing upon analysis of various reports it aims to question the links between race and CSE to show how racialised discourse of CSE helps undermine its victims.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2015 11:10
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 19:23


Downloads per month over past year

Repository Staff Only: item control page

View Item View Item

University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH Copyright and Disclaimer All rights reserved ©