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Author Faulkner, Joanne.
Title The importance of being innocent : why we worry about children / Joanne Faulkner.
Imprint Cambridge ; Port Melbourne, Vic. : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Author Faulkner, Joanne.
Series Australian encounters
Australian encounters.
Subject Children -- Australia.
Sex in advertising -- Australia.
Advertising -- Psychological aspects.
Child molesters -- Australia.
Pedophilia -- Australia.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 167 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 158-164) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Encounters with childhood / by Tony Moore -- Why do we worry about children? -- Consuming the innocent : innocence as a cultural and political product -- The communal fantasy and its discontents : the child's place in political community -- Disciplining innocence : knowledge, power and the contemporary child -- Fallen innocents : adolescents, aboriginal and stateless children -- When fantasies become nightmares : purveyors and pornographers of innocence.
Summary 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.
ISBN 9781139010092 (electronic bk.)
1139010093 (electronic bk.)
9781139010481 (electronic bk.)
1139010484 (electronic bk.)
9781139006835 (e-book)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613017246
OCLC # 707078773
Additional Format Print version: Faulkner, Joanne. Importance of being innocent. Cambridge ; Port Melbourne, Vic. : Cambridge University Press, 2010 9780521146975 (OCoLC)649439810

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