The Child in Question
St. Martin's Press, 1998 - 231 頁
How innocent are children? How innocent should they be? What rights do adults have over them? What obligations should they have toward them? Questions such as these fuel frequent heated debates about contemporary society which take place in the media and elsewhere. Yet it is seldom that these pressing questions are properly examined or addressed. In this timely and eloquent book, Diana Gittins draws on a fascinating range of sources -- psychoanalytic, historical, social, literary, artistic and personal -- to unpack our common assumptions about the child and childhood and explore the meanings and values that are commonly attributed to them. She argues that while there continue to exist substantial differences and inequalities that affect real children in material, and often, harmful ways, the child also acts as an important cultural construct at both a symbolic and overlapping of adults' multiple and diverse notions of what the child is and should be where confusions and contradictions arise. These can be perceived underlying the moral panics that regularly recur about adults' abuse of children and children's acts of violence.
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