The Ritual Abuse Controversy
An Annotated Bibliography
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About the Book
The ritual abuse of children is the most controversial issue in the child maltreatment field, but much of what has been written about ritual abuse over the past twenty years is in the form of unpublished and endlessly reproduced “stuff”—a curious mixture of conjecture, folkloric and pop-culture representations of satanism, devil worship, occultism and witchcraft, and Christian Fundamentalist images of premillennarian evil. What remains after this “stuff” is excluded is an intriguing body of international literature that seriously examines the controversy.
This annotated bibliography dissects the literature, objectively and thoroughly annotates published articles, books and reports, legal opinions, and occasionally, thought-provoking newspaper and magazine articles. Chapters deal with the definition of ritual abuse, ritual abuse cases in the United States, cases in American families and neighborhoods, cases in Canada, Europe and Australasia, clinical features of ritual abuse in children and adults, the controversy’s impact on professionals and systems, the controversy and American law, ritual abuse reports and narratives, and anthropological, folkloric and sociological perspectives.
About the Author(s)
Mary de Young, a professor of sociology at Grand Valley State University, lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Mary de Young
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendix, indexes
Copyright Date: 2002
Table of Contents
1. Definitions, Defense, and Denial 5
2. Day Care Ritual Abuse Cases in the United States 12
3. The American Family and Neighborhood Ritual Abuse Cases 59
4. Canadian, European and Australasian Ritual Abuse Cases 80
5. Clinical Features of Ritual Abuse: Children 114
6. Clinical Features of Ritual Abuse: Adults 128
7. Impact of the Ritual Abuse Controversy on Professionals and Systems 150
8. The Ritual Abuse Controversy and American Law 161
9. Ritual Abuse Reports 178
10. Ritual Abuse Narratives 188
11. Anthropological, Folkloric and Sociological Perspectives on Ritual Abuse 199
12. The Ritual Abuse Controversy Continues 209
13. Conclusion 215
Author and Title Index 219
Name and Subject Index 237
Book Reviews & Awards
“powerful…excellent…poignant…revealing…recommended for all libraries and for general readers, students, teachers, professionals, and practitioners”—Choice.