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296 Pages | 25 hts

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190913984

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Stranger Danger

Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State

Paul M. Renfro

  • Narrates high-profile cases of child abduction from the 1970s to today's AMBER Alerts, revealing how they helped generate a national panic over child safety.
  • Connects the media frenzy over child abductions to the creation of new legal and cultural instruments designed to protect children and punish offenders.
  • Demonstrates the significance of childhood in the construction of the carceral state and in American politics.