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Author: Steven Angelides

Title: Historicizing Affect, Psychoanalyzing History

Subtitle: Pedophilia and the Discourse of Child Sexuality

Journal: Journal of Homosexuality

Volume: 46

Issue: 1-2

Year: 2003 (Published online: September 22, 2008)

Pages: 79-109

ISSN: 0091-8369 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1540-3602 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History; European History: English History; Oceanian History Australian History | Research: History of Psychoanalysis; Society: Moral Panic; Types: Child Sexual Abuse, Same-Sex Rape



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Author: Steven Angelides, Department of Psychology and Counselling, La Trobe, ResearchGate

Abstract: »Within the last two decades in Australia, Britain, and the United States, we have seen a veritable explosion of cultural panic regarding the problem of pedophilia. Scarcely a day passes without some mention in the media of predatory pedophiles or organized pedophile networks. Many social constructionist historians and sociologists have described this incitement to discourse as indicative of a moral panic. The question that concerns me in this article is: If this incitement to discourse is indicative of a moral panic, to what does the panic refer? I begin by detailing, first, how social constructionism requires psychoanalytic categories in order to understand the notion of panic, and second, how a psychoanalytic reading of history might reveal important unconscious forces at work in the current pedophilia "crisis" that our culture refuses to confront. Here, I will suggest a repressed discourse of child sexuality is writ large. I will argue that the hegemonic discourse of pedophilia is contained largely within a neurotic structure and that many of our prevailing responses to pedophilia function as a way to avoid tackling crucial issues about the reality and trauma of childhood sexuality.« (Source: Journal of Homosexuality)


  Abstract (p. 79)
  Social Constructionism and the Theory of Moral Panic (p. 81)
  Pedophilia and Moral Panic (p. 84)
  Revisiting Neurosis and Childhood Sexuality (p. 87)
  Psychoanalysis and the Universal Trauma of Childhood Sexuality (p. 91)
  Repression and Collective Neurosis (p. 95)
  Conclusion (p. 99)
  Notes (p. 102)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England | History of Oceania: History of Australia | History of the Americas: History of the United States | History of psychiatry: Psychoanalysis | Mental disorder: Pedophilia | Psychological manipulation: Moral panic | Sex and the law: Child sexual abuse