Stories about child sexual abuse: Textual analysis of instruction manuals in Israel

Malka Ajzenstadt, Gabriel Cavaglion

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This paper overviews the socio-historical background underlying the construction of child abuse as a public issue in Israel, and analyzes one cultural product of this process-textbooks and manuals on child sexual abuse prevention. Analysis of the Israeli narratives reveals that they mimic American counterparts and address an ideal Jewish middle-class, ignoring other societal sectors. The narratives individualize and medicalize both victim and abuser. Focusing on stereotyped techniques for the individual's survival and recovery, they avoid discussion of broader social and political power relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-274
Number of pages20
JournalQualitative Sociology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Child sexual abuse
  • Medicalization of deviance
  • Narrative analysis
  • Preventative educational literature
  • Social construction

RAMBI publications

  • Children -- Israel -- Social conditions
  • Teenagers -- Israel -- Social conditions
  • Deviant behavior -- Israel
  • Crime -- Israel
  • Criminals -- Israel


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