ABSTRACT

This chapter discusses child sexual abuse by highlighting childhood as a conceptual-political construct accessible only as mediated by practices of textualisation. It explores some political consequences of the particular texts of childhood that current discourses and practices remain heir to, and in particular the need to ward off some of the current political and textual imperatives attending these. The chapter highlights the textualisation of childhood, within whose broader forms representations of child sexual abuse occur. It explores some political consequences of some currently circulating texts of childhood to ward off, in the sense of thinking critically about, the current political imperatives (towards action and intervention) attending these. The chapter ends by attempting to identify strategies for the subversion of the models of development that discourses of child sexual abuse fracture, but equally by which they suffer.