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Dark secrets of childhood : media power, child abuse and public scandals

Author: Fred W Powell; Margaret Scanlon
Publisher: Bristol, UK ; Chicago, IL, USA : Policy Press, 2015.
Series: JSTOR EBA.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the last few decades, public opinion has been traumatised by revelations of child abuse on a mass scale. It has become the major human rights story of the 21st century in Western society. This book explores the relationship between the media, child abuse and shifting adult-child power relations which, in Western countries, has spawned an ever expanding range of laws, policies and procedures introduced to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)908700756
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fred W Powell; Margaret Scanlon
ISBN: 9781447317869 1447317866 9781447317876 1447317874
OCLC Number: 928643494
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: DARK SECRETS OF CHILDHOOD; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 'Knowing childhood', media representation and cultural contradictions; 'The abuse of childhood': popular culture and social myths; Childhood: real or imagined?; The media, child abuse and civil society; Aims and structure of the book; Irish child abuse reports and children's rights; 1. The construction of child abuse as a social problem ; 'Discovery' of child abuse in the late 19th and early 20th century; The 'rediscovery' of child abuse ; Rediscovery of abuse in Britain and Ireland ; Discovery of child sexual abuse. Institutional abuse: 'pindown' and other scandals in the UKInstitutional abuse in Ireland; Institutional abuse internationally; The media's role in constructing child abuse; Child abuse and changing constructions of childhood; 2. The public child; Development of child protection in Ireland ; The Kilkenny incest case; The media's coverage of the Kilkenny case; The story breaks: media representations of the trial and sentencing ; Who is to blame? Media representation of professionals in the Kilkenny case; Mea culpa: the emblematic status of the Kilkenny case; After Kilkenny; Conclusion. 3. The Catholic Church, scandal and mediaWhat is scandal? ; The Catholic Church and scandal; Child sexual abuse scandals in Ireland; The media and clerical child abuse; The Ferns inquiry; The Dublin Report (2009); Media reporting of the Ferns and Dublin inquiries; Moral outrage: victims and villains in media reporting of inquiries ; The 'cover-up' of clerical child abuse; Resignations and prosecutions; Role of the Papal Nuncio; Scandal inflation: media speculation on the extent of abuse ; Clerical child abuse in social context; Following on from Ferns and Dublin: the Cloyne Report. Conclusion4. The Ryan Report and the charity myth; The background; The first campaign; The state's response: 'a cover-up'; The second campaign; The Ryan Report's anatomy of child abuse; Moral monopoly and institutional child abuse; The role of the NSPCC/ISPCC: voluntary sector complicity?; The role of civil society: public discourse and moral ambivalence; Church, state and child abuse: the issue of responsibility; Conclusion; 5. Child abuse, cultural disbelief and the patriarchal family; The Kelly Fitzgerald Report (1996): a media crusade. The McGolgan Report (1998): social work versus cultural disbeliefThe Monageer Inquiry (2008): a case of familicide?; The Roscommon Child Care Report (2010): the power of family rights; Child abuse reports and monitory democracy; Conclusion; 6. Rethinking children's rights; The print media and the invention of childhood; Child liberationists and child protectionists: two models; The 'death of childhood' thesis; The futurity of childhood: 'citizenship from below'?; Childhood, rights and participation; Conclusion; 7. Child culture and risk society; The constructed child?
Series Title: JSTOR EBA.
Responsibility: Fred Powell and Margaret Scanlon.

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