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Familiar Strangers, Juvenile Panic and the British Press

The Decline of Social Trust

Authors: Morrison, James

  • Directly addresses key issues and debates of public interest in the UK, including the Jimmy Savile inquiries, criminal prosecutions of elderly paedophiles, and inquiries into allegations of historical abuse by politicians
  • Provides historical context with an overview of the evolution of perceptions and representations of children and childhood down the centuries
  • One of the first empirically based books to analyse the way in which readers contribute and respond to newspaper narratives in posts on discussion threads
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About this book

This book argues that Britain is gripped by an endemic and ongoing panic about the position of children in society – which frames them as, alternately, victims and threats. It argues the press is a key player in promoting this discourse, which is rooted in a wide-scale breakdown in social trust.

About the authors

Dr James Morrison is an experienced journalist and university lecturer. He worked for a number of years as a reporter, first on local then national newspapers – including the Independent on Sunday. He has lectured in journalism and public affairs since 2003, and is currently senior lecturer in journalism at Kingston University, UK.

Reviews

"A great read and an important contribution to our understanding of how anxiety towards young people mutates into the narrative of panic." – Frank Furedi, University of Kent, UK
"A great read and an important contribution to our understanding of how anxiety towards young people mutates into the narrative of panic." – Frank Furedi, University of Kent, UK

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Trust, Risk and Framing Contemporary Childhood

    Morrison, James

    Pages 1-34

  • ‘Worthy’ vs ‘Unworthy’ Children: Images of Childhood through Time

    Morrison, James

    Pages 35-54

  • Our Children and Other People’s: Childhood in the Age of Distrust

    Morrison, James

    Pages 55-91

  • Commercializing Distrust: Framing Juveniles in the News

    Morrison, James

    Pages 92-148

  • ‘Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare’: The Abduction of April Jones

    Morrison, James

    Pages 149-209

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52995-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52994-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover ca. $59.99
price for USA
  • Due: December 24, 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95845-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Familiar Strangers, Juvenile Panic and the British Press
Book Subtitle
The Decline of Social Trust
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Limited, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52995-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137529954
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52994-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95845-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 254
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