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Child abuse, incest, child molestation, Halloween sadism, child pornography: although clearly not new problems, they have attracted more attention than ever before. Threatened Children asks why. Joel Best analyzes the rhetorical tools used by child advocates when making claims aimed at raising public anxiety and examines the media's role in transmitting reformers' claims and the public's response to the frightening statistics, compelling examples, and expanding definitions it confronts. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from criminal justice records to news stories, from urban legends to public opinion surveys, Best reveals how the cultural construction of social problems evolves.

About the Author

Joel Best is professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures

Acknowledgments

1. The Rise of the Child-Victim

2. Rhetoric in Claims about Missing Children

3. The Numbers Game: Statistics as Claims

4. Definition, Typification, and Domain Expansion

5. Network News as Secondary Claims

6. Popular Culture as Secondary Claims

7. Fears and Folklore

8. Concern and Public Opinion

9. Competing in the Social Problems Marketplace

Notes

Appendix: Recent Fiction about Threats to Children

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226044262
Author:
Best, Joel
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Abuse
Subject:
Child abuse
Subject:
General Family & Relationships
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19930531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 line drawings
Pages:
239
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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