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The Need for a Critical Victimology

  • Ezzat A. Fattah

Abstract

In her penetrating analysis of the emergence of child abuse as a social issue and its rapid placement on the policy agenda, Barbara Nelson (1984) borrowed from electoral research a distinction between ‘valence issues’ and ‘position issues’. A valence issue, she explains, is one that elicits a single, strong, fairly uniform emotional response and does not have an adversarial quality. Position issues, on the other hand, do not elicit a single response but instead engender alternative and sometimes highly conflictual responses. In other words, valence issues are consensual issues whereas position issues are largely conflictual and confrontational ones.

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Sexual Abuse Child Abuse Child Sexual Abuse Criminal Justice System Corporal Punishment 
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