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Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern about Child-Victims

Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern about Child-Victims
Author: Joel Best
ISBN 13: 9780226044262
ISBN 10: 226044262
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1993-05-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 239
List Price: $32.00

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.