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Making an Issue of Child Abuse : Political Agenda Setting for Social Problems - Barbara J. Nelson

Making an Issue of Child Abuse

Political Agenda Setting for Social Problems

Paperback Published: 1st January 1984
ISBN: 9780226572017
Number Of Pages: 184

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In this absorbing story of how child abuse grew from a small, private-sector charity concern into a multimillion-dollar social welfare issue, Barbara Nelson provides important new perspectives on the process of public agenda setting. Using extensive personal interviews and detailed archival research, she reconstructs an invaluable history of child abuse policy in America. She shows how the mass media presented child abuse to the public, how government agencies acted and interacted, and how state and national legislatures were spurred to strong action on this issue. Nelson examines prevailing theories about agenda setting and introduces a new conceptual framework for understanding how a social issue becomes part of the public agenda. This issue of child abuse, she argues, clearly reveals the scope and limitations of social change initiated through interest-group politics. Unfortunately, the process that transforms an issue into a popular cause, Nelson concludes, brings about programs that ultimately address only the symptoms and not the roots of such social problems.

Child Abuse as a Social Problem
Theoretical Approaches to Agenda Setting
The Children's Bureau
The Agenda-Setting Function of the Media
There Ought to Be a Law!
The Public Use of Private Deviance
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ISBN: 9780226572017
ISBN-10: 0226572013
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st January 1984
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Type: New edition