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.

chapter 1|7 pages

Introduction: Thatcher’s Children?

ByJane Pilcher Stephen Wagg

chapter 4|18 pages

The New Politics of Child Protection

ByNigel Parton

chapter 6|17 pages

Gillick and After: Children and Sex in the 1980s and 1990s

ByJane Pilcher

chapter 7|20 pages

Growing Pains: The Developing Children’s Rights Movement in the UK

ByAnnie Franklin Bob Franklin

chapter 8|21 pages

The Politics of Child Poverty 1979–1995

ByCarey Oppenheim, Ruth Lister

chapter 9|22 pages

Killing the Age of Innocence: Newspaper Reporting of the Death of James Bulger

ByBob Franklin, Julian Petley

chapter 12|22 pages

Child Prostitution and Tourism: Beyond the Stereotypes

ByJulia O’Connell DavidsonJacqueline Sanchez Taylor