The 2010 UK Home Office ‘Sexualisation of Young People’ Review: a discursive policy analysis

Duschinsky, Robbie (2012) The 2010 UK Home Office ‘Sexualisation of Young People’ Review: a discursive policy analysis. Journal of Social Policy, 41 (04). pp. 715-731. ISSN 0047-2794

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Abstract

This paper offers a discursive policy analysis of the 2010 UK Home Office Sexualisation of Young People Review, authored by Linda Papadopoulos (2010a). It will scrutinise the narrative presented by the text of the danger posed by cultural representations to healthy development, and trace the way that the text links this danger to catastrophic outcomes: child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Examining this narrative, the article will propose that the UK Review deploys spatial metaphors to naturalise a gendered account of childhood, sexuality and danger, evoking the creeping influence of a corrupting culture on a girl's most private self. The article will also demonstrate that this spatial narrative underpins the epistemological structure of the text – its separation of the primary from the secondary, the real from the artificial.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work and Communities
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Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 14:54
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 05:07
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/8536

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