Competing Meanings of Childhood in the Caribbean

Through our research partnership with the University of Huddersfield, Stop It Now! has collaborated on research and thinking on the meanings of childhood and their implications for prevention.

"Competing meanings of childhood and the social construction of child sexual abuse in the Caribbean" has been published online in the peer-reviewed journal Childhood. It is available online and will be in print in 2013.

The article was written byDominic Pasura, Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield, UK in collaboration with Adele D. Jones (University of Huddersfield, UK), James Hafner (Stop It Now! USA), and Priya E Maharaj, Karene Nathaniel-DeCaires and Emmanuel Janagan Johnson (University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago). 

´╗┐Abstract

This article examines the dynamic interplay between competing meanings of childhood and the social construction of sexual abuse in the Caribbean. Drawing on qualitative data from a study undertaken in six Caribbean countries, the article suggests that Caribbean childhoods are neither wholly global nor local but hybrid creations of the region’s complex historical, social and cultural specificities, real or imagined. As childhood is a concept that lies at the intersection of multiple frames of reference, context-specific definitions of childhood – what it means to be a child – have a direct impact on the way in which the issue of child sexual abuse is constructed and understood.

Full citation

Pasura, D., Jones, A. D., Hafner, J. A. H., Maharaj, P.E., Nathaniel-DeCaires, K., & Johnson, E. J. Competing meanings of childhood and the social construction of child sexual abuse in the Caribbean. Childhood, Nov 9 2012.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0907568212462255

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