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Author: Steven Angelides

Title: The Emergence of the Paedophile in the Late Twentieth Century

Subtitle: -

Journal: Australian Historical Studies: A Journal of Australian History

Volume: 36

Issue: 126

Year: October 2005 (Published online: January 27, 2009)

Pages: 272-295

ISSN: 1031-461X – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1940-5049 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century, 20th Century | Oceanian History: Australian History | Types: Child Sexual Abuse, Same-Sex Rape



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


– »This article explores the cultural and historical conditions structuring the emergence of the category of the 'paedophile' in Western discourse in the latter part of the twentieth century. It argues not only that the 'pedophile' was an outgrowth of social and political power struggles around questions of normative masculinity and male sexuality, but also that homophobia played a central role in its formation. In addition to regulating social and intimate relations between men, women and children, the category of the 'pedophile' was homosexualised in order to demarcate 'normal' from 'pathological' masculinities.« (Source: Australian Historical Studies)

– »There has been relatively little discussion of pedophilia until fairly recent times. The few writers who discussed the issue in the 19th century considered it a temporary aberration of the weak-minded and a rare occurrence that warranted little discussion. This assessment began to change early in the 20th century, when pedophilia was grouped together with other forms of deviant sexual practice, such as homosexuality, with which it was often confused. It only emerged as a widely discussed sexual category in the 1980's, at which time it also acquired overtones of extreme revulsion and horror. The creation of this sexual category can be seen as a response to challenges to masculine norms from feminism, gay liberation, and the child sexual abuse movement in the 1980's.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  From perversity to perversion (p. 274)
  Manhood under fire (p. 279)
  The paedophilia and homosexual equation (p. 285)
  Conclusion (p. 293)

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