Stealing Innocence

Stealing Innocence

Youth, Corporate Power, and the Politics of Culture

Book - 2000
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This book examines, through a multi-disciplinary lens, the possibilities offered by relationships and family forms that challenge the nuclear family ideal, and some of the arguments that recommend or disqualify these as legitimate units in our societies.That children should be conceived naturally, born to and raised by their two young, heterosexual, married to each other, genetic parents; that this relationship between parents is also the ideal relationship between romantic or sexual partners; and that romance and sexual intimacy ought to be at the core of our closest personal relationships - all these elements converge towards the ideal of the nuclear family.The authors consider a range of relationship and family structures that depart from this ideal: polyamory and polygamy, single and polyparenting, parenting by gay and lesbian couples, as well as families created through current and prospective modes of assisted human reproduction such as surrogate motherhood, donor insemination, and reproductive cloning.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780312224400
Branch Call Number: 306/GIR 4565 1


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Sep 02, 2011

2011: He's currently teaching at McGill


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Sep 02, 2011

Cultural threats to children in society; how does society define childhood, and how it's been different at different times and places. How does "innocence" help and hurt children's rights and growth; what kind of exploitation or systemic abuse and neglect does it lead to. What is the purpose of education, and whom is it to benefit? What are some of the different answers over time in the US?

Focused on the US, this book looks at the ways children are taken advantage of for profit or in the service of political agendas. Sexuality, goodness/delinquency, education, and labour are some of the issues the authour analyses from a progressive viewpoint.

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