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The Family of Man
The family of man

Chapter 6 turns towards the spaces and relationships that are actually most likely to support violence and sexual abuse: the family and close community (McIntosh 1988; Saraga 2001; Grubin 1998). It reviews the history of the family and considers how familial practices not only actively construct gendered subjectivity but also provide the context for much sexual and violent offending. It deconstructs the myth of the dangerous stranger and in its place focuses closely on the extent to which offending between men and women and between adults and children is overwhelmingly found to involve offenders and victims who know each other well and/or live with or close to one another, often in some kind of family unit. Previous examples ...

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