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The Importance of Being Innocent

Joanne Faulkner


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PUBLISHED: 3rd November 2010
ISBN: 9780521146975
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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.
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  • Paperback
    $34.36
PUBLISHED: 3rd November 2010
ISBN: 9780521146975
ANNOTATION:
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.

Annotation

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.

Publisher Description

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 Biography

Joanne Faulkner is an Australian Research Council (ARC) postdoctoral fellow, School of History and Philosophy, University of New South Wales.

Table of Contents

  1. Why Do We Worry About Children?; 2. Consuming the Innocence; 3. The Communal Fantasy and Its Discontents; 4. 'Disciplining' Innocence; 5. Fallen Innocent; 6. When Fantasies Become Nightmares.

Product Details

Author
Joanne Faulkner
Pages
176
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
2010
ISBN-10
0521146976
ISBN-13
9780521146975
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2010-11-03
Subtitle
Why We Worry About Children
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Short Title
IMPORTANCE OF BEING INNOCENT
Language
English
Series
Australian Encounters
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