Erotic Innocence: The Culture of Child Molesting

  • James Kincaid (1998)
  • “In Erotic Innocence James R. Kincaid explores contemporary America’s preoccupation with stories about the sexual abuse of children. Claiming that our culture has yet to come to terms with the bungled legacy of Victorian sexuality, Kincaid examines how children and images of youth are idealized, fetishized, and eroticized in everyday culture. Evoking the cyclic elements of Gothic narrative, he thoughtfully and convincingly concludes that the only way to break this cycle is to acknowledge—and confront—not only the sensuality of children but the eroticism loaded onto them.”
  • Duke University Press
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Exiled in America: Life on the Margins in a Residential Hotel (Studies in Transgression)

  • Christopher P. Dum (2016)
  • “For a year, the sociologist Christopher P. Dum lived in the Boardwalk Motel to better understand its residents and the varied paths that brought them there. He witnessed moments of violence and conflict, as well as those of care and compassion. As told through the voices and experiences of motel residents, Exiled in America paints a portrait of a vibrant community whose members forged identities in response to overwhelming stigma and created meaningful lives despite crushing economic instability. “
  • Columbia University Press
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Failure to Protect: America’s Sexual Predator Laws and the Rise of the Preventative State

  • Eric S. Janus (2006)
  • “In this book, Eric S. Janus goes far beyond sensational headlines to expose the reality of the laws designed to prevent sexual crimes. He shows that “sexual predator” laws, which have intense public and political support, are counterproductive.”
  • Cornell University Press
  • Amazon

Hound Pound Narrative: Sexual Offender Habilitation and the Anthropology of Therapeutic Intervention

  • James B. Waldram (2012)
  • “This is a detailed ethnographic study of a therapeutic prison unit in Canada for the treatment of sexual offenders. Utilizing extensive interviews and participant-observation over an eighteen month period of field work, the author takes the reader into the depths of what prison inmates commonly refer to as the “hound pound.” James Waldram provides a rich and powerful glimpse into the lives and treatment experiences of one of society’s most hated groups. He brings together a variety of theoretical perspectives from psychological and medical anthropology, narrative theory, and cognitive science to capture the nature of sexual offender treatment, from the moment inmates arrive at the treatment facility to the day they are relased.”
  • University of California Press
  • Amazon

Justice Perverted: Sex Offense Law, Psychology, and Public Policy

  • Charles Patrick Ewing (2011)
  • “Drawing on research from across the social and behavioral sciences, he weighs the evidence for the spectrum of sex offense laws, to occasionally surprising results. A rational look at an intensely emotional subject, Justice Perverted is an essential book for anyone interested in the science behind public practice.”
  • Oxford University Press
  • Amazon

Moral Panic: Changing Concepts of the Child Molester in Modern America

  • Philip Jenkins (1998)
  • ” This timely book traces shifting social responses to adult sexual contacts with children, whether this involves molestation by strangers or incestuous acts by family members. The book explores how and why concern about the sexual offender has fluctuated in North America since the late nineteenth century. “
  • Yale University Press
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The Oxford Handbook of Sex Offenses and Sex Offenders

  • Teela Sanders (Editor/2016)
  • The Oxford Handbook on Sex Offenses and Sex Offenders provides comprehensive, even-handed analysis of the myriad of topics related to sex offenses, including pornography, sex trafficking, criminal justice responses, and the role of social media in sex crimes. Extending beyond the existing scholarly research on the topic, this volume teases out the key debates, controversies, and challenges involved in addressing sex crimes. While most discourse regarding sex offenders either involves prevention and control or, conversely, potential treatment options, this Handbook delves into the psychological, historical, and social contexts related to sex offenses, providing a more holistic view of the topic.”
  • Oxford University Press
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Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

  • Jesse Bering (2013)
  • “Moving from science to politics, psychology, history, and his own reflections on growing up gay in America, Bering confronts hypocrisy, prejudice, and harm as they relate to sexuality on a global scale. Humanizing so-called deviants while at the same time asking serious questions about the differences between thought and action, he presents us with a challenge: to understand that our best hope of solving some of the most troubling problems of our age hinges entirely on the amoral study of sex.”
  • Scientific American
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The Politics of Child Abuse in America

  • Lela B. Costin, Howard Jacob Karger, and David Stoesz (1997)
  • “In The Politics of Child Abuse in America, the authors argue that child abuse must be viewed as a public safety problem, and that children must have the same legal protection as physically and sexually abused women. By creating a “Children’s Authority,” proposes the author, this group would have the overall responsibility of protecting children. Offering a unique perspective on the cold reality of this crisis, The Politics of Child Abuse in America will be a provocative work for social workers and human service personnel, as well as the general reader concerned with this timely issue.”
  • Oxford University Press
  • Amazon

Preventing Sexual Violence: How Society Should Cope with Sex Offenders

  • John Q. La Fond (2005)
  • “Preventing Sexual Violence: How Society Should Cope With Sex Offenders systematically critiques the current treatment of sex offenders in an effort to determine how best to prevent reoffending without infringing on the rights of citizens. The book offers the latest data about sex offenders and the novel and powerful legal measures enacted to prevent sexual violence.”
  • American Psychological Association
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Protecting Our Kids?: How Sex Offender Laws are Failing Us

  • Emily Horowitz (2015)
  • “Do sex offender laws protect children, or are they inherently unfair practices that, at their worst, promote vigilante justice? The latter, this book argues. By analyzing the social, political, historical, and cultural context surrounding the emergence of current sex offender policies and laws, the work shows how sex offenders have come to loom as greater-than-life monsters when, in many cases, that is not true at all. Looking at its subject from a fresh viewpoint, the book shares research and new analyses of data and qualitative evidence to show how sex-offender laws are not only ineffective, but engender destructive fear and anxiety. “
  • Praeger
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Reconsidering Sex Crimes and Offenders: Prosecution or Persecution?

  • Lisa Anne Zilney, Laura J. Zilney (2013)
  • Reconsidering Sex Crimes and Offenders challenges readers’ understanding of who sex offenders are, how they should be treated, and how best to protect the community from such offenders. Lisa Anne Zilney and Laura J. Zilney look at how the legal definitions of certain offenses have changed over time and then explore issues through a series of real-life case studies. Readers will discover how some citizens have been targeted and punished for consensual acts—including homosexuality, polygamy, and pornography. Additional coverage considers a number of highly controversial laws—from residency restrictions to the death penalty—and the media’s role in fueling public support for them.
  • Scarecrow Press
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Sex Crimes and Sex Offenders: Research and Realities

  • Donna Vandiver, Jeremy Braithwaite, Mark Strafford (2017)
  • Sex Crimes and Sex Offenders: Research and Realities provides an overview of social scientific theory and research on sex crimes and sex offenders. Most other books on the market are focused on a single issue—such as treatment, rape, pedophilia, theory, etc. This book is unique in that it covers the most current theory and research along with individual cases of sex crimes (e.g., Kobe Bryant, Jerry Sandusky, and other case studies), effectively linking theory and research with the realities of sex crimes and sex offenders as well as their victims.”
  • Routledge
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Sex Fiends, Perverts, and Pedophiles: Understanding Sex Crime Policy in America

  • Chrysanthi S. Leon (2011)
  • “In Sex Fiends, Perverts, and Pedophiles, Chrysanthi Leon argues that, while the singular notion of the sexual boogeyman has been used to justify these harsh policies, not all sex offenders are the same and such ‘one size fits all’ policies can unfairly punish other offenders of lesser crimes, needlessly targeting, sometimes ostracizing, citizens from their own communities.”
  • NYU Press
  • Amazon

Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions (2nd Edition)

  • Editor: Richard Wright (2014)
  • “The most comprehensive book available about sex offender policies and their efficacy, Sex Offender Laws has been widely embraced as a text for courses in criminal justice, social work, and psychology.”
  • Springer Publishing
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Sex Offenders, Stigma, and Social Control

  • Diana Rickard (2016)
  •  “Sex Offenders, Stigma, and Social Control makes a significant contribution to our understanding of sex offenders, offering a unique window into how individuals make meaning out of their experiences and present a viable—not monstrous—social self to themselves and others.”
  • Rutgers University Press
  • Amazon

Sex Panic and the Punitive State

  • Roger N. Lancaster (2011)
  • “In this passionate and provocative book, Lancaster blends astute analysis, robust polemic, ethnography, and personal narrative to delve into the complicated relationship between sexuality and punishment in our society. Drawing on classical social science, critical legal studies, and queer theory, he tracks the rise of a modern suburban culture of fear and develops new insights into the punitive logic that has put down deep roots in everyday American life.”
  • University of California Press
  • Amazon

Sexual Offending: Predisposing Antecedents, Assessments, and Management

  • Editors: Amy Phenix, Harry M. Hoberman (2016)
  • “This expert reference provides a broad, comprehensive review of the major domains of sexual offending. Beginning with an integrated etiological model of sexual offending, chapters follow addressing the primary predisposing conditions related to sexual offending (e.g. pedophilic, hebephilic, paraphilic rape and non-contact paraphilic disorders, hyper sexuality and personality factors). In addition, special subgroups of sexual offenders (females, youth and the intellectually disable) are considered. Both broad and specific perspectives on the assessment of sexual offenders are provided. Overviews are offered of clinical and forensic evaluations of such offenders and the utility of structured psychological assessment. A novel conceptual model of risk assessment is proposed.”
  • Springer
  • Amazon

Sexual Offenses and Offenders: Theory, Practice, and Policy (2nd Edition)

  • Karen J. Terry (2012)
  • “This comprehensive book examines the unique characteristics of sexual offenses and the resulting laws that pertain specifically to them, including the causes and treatment of sexual offenses as well as the policy implications of research outcomes. Sexual offenders are often treated differently than other offenders (by both the community and the criminal justice system) as a result of public scorn and recidivism. This distinctive book provides you with thorough, research-based coverage of this inherently controversial subject.”
  • Wadsworth Publishing
  • Amazon

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