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Michael Lavalette and Laura Penketh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307082

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307082.001.0001

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‘Street-grooming’, sexual abuse and Islamophobia: an anatomy of the Rochdale abuse scandal1

‘Street-grooming’, sexual abuse and Islamophobia: an anatomy of the Rochdale abuse scandal1

Chapter:
(p.191) Ten ‘Street-grooming’, sexual abuse and Islamophobia: an anatomy of the Rochdale abuse scandal1
Source:
Race, Racism and Social Work
Author(s):

Judith Orr

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447307082.003.0011

Recent years have witnessed a focus on cases of ‘street-grooming’. The purpose of this chapter, primarily, is not to look at the complexities of child abuse (though, this is touched upon) but the way this has become a ‘moral panic’ that has focused on the ‘alien’ culture of Pakistani Muslim men and their attitudes towards women and children in general, and white women and children in particular. Politicians and media pundits have used the small number of cases where Muslim men have been involved in abusing young girls as ‘evidence’ of the incompatibility of Muslim and Western cultures. The case here is that the ‘grooming scandals’ are an example of a racially induced moral panic.

Keywords:   Street-grooming, Islamophobia, Moral panic, Racism

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