Childhood in Crisis?

Childhood in Crisis?

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Based on multi-disciplinary academic research and professional practice, 'Childhood' in 'Crisis'? is conceived as a response to the current political and policy debates which maintain: that 'childhood' is in a state of 'crisis'; that there is a breakdown in discipline, parental or professional guidance; and that children and young people lack any sense of social responsibility. On the one hand, there is the reaffirmation of 'the family', a commitment to harsher policies and tougher legislation; on the other, children and young people are systematically denied rights and are increasingly marginalized and alienated. Providing the central historical and theoretical foundations of contemporary definitions of 'childhood', the authors trace the background to, and justifications of, institutionalised responses. They also examine in detail the expansive media coverage and popular discourses which collectively contextualise legal and policy responses, identifying the James Bulger case as a watershed in UK media coverageshow more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 155 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0748404082
  • 9780748404087

Table of contents

Part I - 1. 'Childhood': An Introduction to Historical and Theoretical Analyses - What is Childhood? Some Preliminary Thoughts - Childhood in History: Social Construction and Reconstruction - Theorizing History: Childhood and Social Control - Theoretical Specificity: The Structural Location of Childhood - 2. 'Crisis': The Demonization of Children and Young People - The Media, Social Construction and Childhood - Children as Criminals - Children as Victims: The Media and Child Abuse - James Bulger: From Murder to 'Childhood in Crisis' - Part II - 3. 'Families' in 'Crisis'? - The Traditional Family in Context - An End to Consensus? Feminism and the Family - Which is the Party of the Family? - The Eternal Triangle: Children, Parents and the State - The 1990s: A Decade of Children's Rights? - An Alternative Future for the Family? - 4. Prolonging 'Childhood', Manufacturing 'Innocence' and Regulating Sexuality - 'She Devils' and Morality Panics - Constructing Childhood, Confining Sexuality - Feeding the Myths, Forgiving the Policies - In Whose Best Interest? - 5. 'Crisis' in the Classroom - Schools for All - Schooling the Meritocracy - Thatcher's Children - 'Crisis' Revisited - 6. Children in Trouble: State Responses to Juvenile Crime - Juvenile Justice 1982-1992: A Fragile Consensus - The Post-1992 Clamp-down: A True Blue Approach to Children in Trouble - The Authoritarian Shift: A Critical Analysis - Reclaiming Justice for Children: The Challenge Ahead - 7. 'Mad, 'Bad' or Misunderstood? - Historical and Theoretical Contexts - The Problematics of the Defining Process - The Rights of Children and Young People in Residential Mental Health Settings - The Current 'Crisis' - Challenging Professional Discourses and Classifications - 8. Whose 'Childhood'? What 'Crisis'? - Deliverance from 'Evil' - The Social Construction and Political Management of the 'Crisis' - Taking the Moral High Ground - Towards a Rights Agenda for Children and Young Peopleshow more

About Phil Scraton

Phil Scraton is Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Studies in Crime and Social Justice, Edge Hill University College, UKshow more

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