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The importance of being innocent

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Addresses the current debate in Australia and internationally regarding the sexualisation of children, predation on them by pedophiles and the risks apparently posed to their 'innate innocence' by perceived problems and threats in contemporary society. Looks at contemporary ideas about what childhood represents, and our responsibilities in regard to children. The Importance of Being Innocent addresses the current debate in Australia and internationally regarding the sexualisation of children, predation on them by pedophiles and the risks apparently posed to their 'innate innocence' by perceived problems and threats in contemporary society. Joanne Faulkner argues that, contrary to popular opinion, social issues have been sensationally expounded in moral panics about children who are often presented as alternatively obese, binge-drinking and drug-using, self-harming, neglected, abused, medicated and driven to anti-social behavior by TV and computers. This erudite and thought-provoking book instead suggests that modern western society has reacted to problems plaguing the adult world by fetishizing children as innocents, who must be protected from social realities. Taking a philosophical and sociological perspective, it outlines the various historical trends, emotional investments and social tensions that shape contemporary ideas about what childhood represents, and our responsibilities in regard to children.

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Author(s):
Joanne Faulkner
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
155 mm x 230 mm x 244 g
Edition:
2011
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521146976
ISBN-13:
9780521146975
Number of pages:
168
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The importance of being innocent

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Addresses the current debate in Australia and internationally regarding the sexualisation of children, predation on them by pedophiles and the risks apparently posed to their 'innate innocence' by perceived problems and threats in contemporary society. Looks at contemporary ideas about what childhood represents, and our responsibilities in regard to children. The Importance of Being Innocent addresses the current debate in Australia and internationally regarding the sexualisation of children, predation on them by pedophiles and the risks apparently posed to their 'innate innocence' by perceived problems and threats in contemporary society. Joanne Faulkner argues that, contrary to popular opinion, social issues have been sensationally expounded in moral panics about children who are often presented as alternatively obese, binge-drinking and drug-using, self-harming, neglected, abused, medicated and driven to anti-social behavior by TV and computers. This erudite and thought-provoking book instead suggests that modern western society has reacted to problems plaguing the adult world by fetishizing children as innocents, who must be protected from social realities. Taking a philosophical and sociological perspective, it outlines the various historical trends, emotional investments and social tensions that shape contemporary ideas about what childhood represents, and our responsibilities in regard to children.

Author(s):
Joanne Faulkner
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
155 mm x 230 mm x 244 g
Edition:
2011
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521146976
ISBN-13:
9780521146975
Number of pages:
168
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The importance of being innocent

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