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Episode 1183

Children, strangers and the carceral state / Paul M. Renfro

Jun 10 2020

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Paul M. Renfo

The dangers of innocent children: Strangers, families and the carceral state.

Historian Paul M. Renfro explains how child abduction panics of the 1970s and 80s bolstered the scope and surveillance of the carceral state, and centered the American nuclear family as the prime factor in neoliberal politics and its punitive edge.

Paul is author of Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State from Oxford University Press.