RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 30455073 LA English T1 Threatened children : rhetoric and concern about child-victims A1 Best, Joel., PB University of Chicago Press PP Chicago YR 1993 SN 0226044262 9780226044262 0226044254 9780226044255 AB "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."--Publisher's description.