Search:
Computing and Library Services - delivering an inspiring information environment

The Social Construction of the Child Sex Offender Explored by Narrative

Gavin, Helen (2005) The Social Construction of the Child Sex Offender Explored by Narrative. The Qualitative Report, 10 (3). pp. 395-413. ISSN 1052-0147

[img]
Preview
PDF - Published Version
Download (142kB) | Preview

    Abstract

    The notion of "child sex offender" provokes aversion, but it may be that it is a social construction. We suggest that a Dominant narrative, in which child sex offenders are constructed as irredeemable, persists, despite the emergence of assumption challenging Alternative narratives. A story completion method was used to elicit themes of Dominant or Alternative narratives, theory-led thematic analysis was used to identify them. The use and analysis of narrative and free-form stories are well established in social research, but remain a novel concept in the study of offenders. The results support the persistence of the Dominant narrative with two notable exceptions. Conclusions centre on utility of the narrative method to examine offender constructions, and the pervasiveness of Dominant narratives. Key Words: Dominant and Alternative Narrative, Social Construction, Child Sex Offenders, and Thematic Analysis

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Applied Criminology Centre
    Related URLs:
    Depositing User: Helen Gavin
    Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2011 15:51
    Last Modified: 08 Feb 2011 15:51
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/9504

    Document Downloads

    Downloader Countries

    More statistics for this item...

    Item control for Repository Staff only:

    View Item

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