Thatcher's Children?: Politics, Childhood and Society in the 1980s and 1990s

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Jane Pilcher, Stephen Wagg
Psychology Press, 1996 - Education - 231 pages
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That childhood is a social construction is understood both by social scientists and in society generally. The authors of this book examine the political issues surrounding childhood, including law making, social policy, government provisions and political activism.; This text examines current social and political issues involving childhood. It looks at the impact of the "New Right" who talk of family values, parent power in schools, irresponsible provision of contraception to young girls and the increase in child violence as a result of mass media. It also considers the response of the caring professions and the "Modern Left" who campaign, amongst other things, for the establishment of children's rights.
  

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Contents

Introduction Thatchers Children?
1
Dont Try to Understand Them Politics Childhood and the New Education Market
8
Keeping It in the Family Thatcherism and the Children Act 1989
29
The New Politics of Child Protection
43
Back to the Future? Youth Crime Youth Justice and the Rediscovery of Authoritarian Populism
61
Gillick and After Children and Sex in the 1980s and 1990s
77
Growing Pains The Developing Childrens Rights Movement in the UK
94
The Politics of Child Poverty 19791995
114
Killing the Age of Innocence Newspaper Reporting of the Death of James Bulger
134
Ive Just Seen a Hole in the Reality Barrier Children Childishness and the Media in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century
155
Thatchers Working Children Contemporary Issues of Child Labour
172
Child Prostitution and Tourism Beyond the Stereotypes
201
Notes on Contributors
223
Index
225
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About the author (1996)

Christopher Pole is Reader in Sociology, Jane Pilcher is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, and John Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, all at the University of Leicester.

Wagg is Senior Lecturer at Roehampton Institute, London.

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