Paedophilia and Child Sexual Abuse in Drama and Theatre
In many Western countries, numerous instances of cases of historical and present-day sexual abuse of children (Child Sexual Abuse, CSA) have made the headlines across the entire range of media. These cases are discussed variously as paedophilia and child sexual abuse. In the heat of the debate, concepts and related terminology tend to become at best vague, and there is much in the way of sheer sensationalism. Altogether, a hazy cloud of facts and fiction has been created around paedophilia in its relation to CSA.
This book adds to the very urgently needed enhanced level of understanding by analysing the nature of paedophilia and its relation to CSA as they have been depicted and dealt with in contemporary British and American drama and theatre. Drawing on the plays and their reviews allows it to illustrate the ambiguity of paedophilia and child sex abuse, and to ask questions that are not often uttered and not easily answered.
Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe obtained his PhD from the University of London. He worked at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and as Professor of Drama at the University of Lincoln, UK. He has numerous publications on the topic of theatre and consciousness to his credit.
Amanda M. Young-Hauser studied Community Psychology at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, where she completed her PhD on “Conversing with ‘Monsters’? Narratives about Men Who Sexually Abuse(d) Children”. Currently, she holds an academic position at Massey University, New Zealand, where she contributes to the Ending Poverty and Inequality Research Cluster (EPIC). A qualitative researcher, her academic interests include crime and punishment; meaning making processes with a specific focus on men who sexually abuse(d) children and their reintegration processes following incarceration; prevention of child sexual abuse; intimate partner violence; social (in)justice, in particular poverty and inequality; restorative justice; and narrative theory and research.
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