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Making an Issue of Child Abuse Political Agenda Setting for Social Problems

ISBN-10: 0226572013
ISBN-13: 9780226572017
Edition: 1986
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Description: In this absorbing story of how child abuse grew from a small, private-sector charity concern into a multimillion-dollar social welfare issue, Barbara Nelson provides important new perspectives on the process of public agenda setting. Using extensive  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

In this absorbing story of how child abuse grew from a small, private-sector charity concern into a multimillion-dollar social welfare issue, Barbara Nelson provides important new perspectives on the process of public agenda setting. Using extensive personal interviews and detailed archival research, she reconstructs an invaluable history of child abuse policy in America. She shows how the mass media presented child abuse to the public, how government agencies acted and interacted, and how state and national legislatures were spurred to strong action on this issue. Nelson examines prevailing theories about agenda setting and introduces a new conceptual framework for understanding how a social issue becomes part of the public agenda. This issue of child abuse, she argues, clearly reveals the scope and limitations of social change initiated through interest-group politics. Unfortunately, the process that transforms an issue into a popular cause, Nelson concludes, brings about programs that ultimately address only the symptoms and not the roots of such social problems.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Child Abuse as a Social Problem
Theoretical Approaches to Agenda Setting
The Children's Bureau
The Agenda-Setting Function of the Media
There Ought to Be a Law!
Congress
The Public Use of Private Deviance
Notes
Index

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