Choreography, controversy and child sex abuse : theoretical reflections on a cultural criminological analysis of dance in a pop music video

Dearey, Melissa

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Child sex abuse; Choreography; Cultural criminology; Dance; Kinesthetics; Music video
2018

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©2017 the Author
Abstract

This article was inspired by the controversy over claims of ‘pedophilia!!!!’ undertones and the ‘triggering’ of memories of childhood sexual abuse in some viewers by the dance performance featured in the music video for Sia’s ‘Elastic Heart’ (2015). The case is presented for acknowledging the hidden and/or overlooked presence of dance in social scientific theory and cultural studies and how these can enhance and advance cultural criminological research. Examples of how these insights have been used within other disciplinary frameworks to analyse and address child sex crime and sexual trauma are provided, and the argument is made that popular cultural texts such as dance in pop music videos should be regarded as significant in analysing and tracing public perceptions and epistemologies of crimes such as child sex abuse.

Publisher
The University of Hull
Peer reviewed
Yes
Language
English
Extent
118 KB
Identifier
hull:14611

Journal

Journal title
Theoretical criminology
Publication date
2018
Publisher
SAGE
DOI
10.1177/1362480617699159
ISSN (Print)
1362-4806
ISSN (Electronic)
1461-7439
Volume
22
Issue
2
Start page
189
End page
205
Notes

This is a copy of the accepted manuscript of an article published in Theoretical criminology, 2018, v.22 issue 2.

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