Paper $47.95 ISBN: 9781447317852 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447317845 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Dark Secrets of Childhood

Media Power, Child Abuse and Public Scandals

Fred Powell and Margaret Scanlon

Dark Secrets of Childhood

Fred Powell and Margaret Scanlon

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $47.95 ISBN: 9781447317852 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447317845 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
What is the cost of including stories about child abuse in the media? In this groundbreaking book, Fred Powell and Margaret Scanlon explore the relationship among the media, the presentation of child abuse, and shifting adult-child power relations, examining its effect on the range of laws, policies, and procedures introduced to address the explosion of interest in the issue. Analyzing twenty years of representation of child abuse in Ireland—including abuse by the church and schools—Dark Secrets of Childhood offers significant insight into the media’s influence on the issue and provides an important contribution to the international debate on child abuse as it is portrayed through the media.
Contents

Introduction Part 1: The reports
The Construction of Child Abuse as a Social Problem
The Public Child
The Catholic Church, Scandal and Media
The Ryan Report and the Charity Myth
Child Abuse, Cultural Disbelief and the Patriarchal Family
Part 2: The context
Rethinking Children’s Rights
Child Culture and Risk Society
Angelmakers: the Hidden History of Child Abuse
The Cultural Politics of Child Abuse
Conclusion

Review Quotes
Brigid Featherstone, Open University, UK
"A very erudite interdisciplinary analysis that will be of great value to all interested in seeking to understand and improve the lives of children in Ireland and internationally."
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