Threatened Children Rhetoric and Concern about Child-Victims

ISBN-10: 0226044262

ISBN-13: 9780226044262

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Authors: Joel Best
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Description: 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.

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 239
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858

Joel Best is Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. He has published more than twenty books on social problems and deviance, including Threatened Children , Random Violence , Damned Lies and Statistics , and The Student Loan Mess (with Eric Best.)

Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
The Rise of the Child-Victim
Rhetoric in Claims about Missing Children
The Numbers Game: Statistics as Claims
Definition, Typification, and Domain Expansion
Network News as Secondary Claims
Popular Culture as Secondary Claims
Fears and Folklore
Concern and Public Opinion
Competing in the Social Problems Marketplace
Notes
Appendix: Recent Fiction about Threats to Children
References
Index
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