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Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern about Child-Victims
by Joel Best
University of Chicago Press, 1990
Cloth: 978-0-226-04425-5 | Paper: 978-0-226-04426-2
Library of Congress Classification HV6626.52.B47 1990
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.760973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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