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Sexual Abuse in Youth Sport

A sociocultural analysis, 1st Edition

By Michael J. Hartill


234 pages

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Cases of sport-related child sexual abuse have received increasing news coverage in recent years. This book documents and evaluates this important issue through a critical investigation of the research and theory on sexual violence and child sex offending that has emerged over the past thirty years.

Based on life-history interviews with male and female ‘survivors’ of child sexual abuse in sport, this text offers a deeper appreciation for the experiences of those who are sexually victimized within sports and school-sport settings. Drawing on a wide range of sources, it also provides a new theoretical framework through which child sexual abuse in sport may be explored. Offering a critique spanning psychology, sociology and criminology, this book challenges existing theories of sex offending while advocating an alternative epistemology to help better understand and address this social problem.

Presenting an original sociological approach to this field of study, Sexual Abuse in Youth Sport is important reading for any researcher, policy-maker or practitioner working in youth sport, physical education, sports coaching, sport policy, child protection or social work.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Perspectives, Theories and Models of Sex Offending and Child Sexual Abuse 2. An Alternative Epistemology for Approaching Childhood Sexual Abuse 3. Research with ‘Survivors’ of Child Sexual Abuse in Sport 4. A Sketch of the Field 5. Narratives of Sexual Subjection in Sport 6. A Relational Account of Child Sexual Exploitation in Sport Conclusion References Appendices

About the Author

Michael J. Hartill is Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Sport at Edge Hill University, UK. He has conducted research into child sexual exploitation in sport for over a decade, working on a number of significant national and international projects aimed at preventing abuse of children in sport

About the Series

Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / Child Abuse
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports