Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern about Child-Victims

Paperback | May 1, 1993

byJoel Best

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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.

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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 ro...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:239 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:May 1, 1993Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226044262

ISBN - 13:9780226044262

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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