Pricing the Priceless Child
The Changing Social Value of Children
By (author) Viviana A.Rotman Zelizer
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Pricing the Priceless Child by Viviana A.Rotman Zelizer
Book DescriptionIn this landmark book, sociologist Viviana Zelizer traces the emergence of the modern child, at once economically "useless" and emotionally "priceless," from the late 1800s to the 1930s. Having established laws removing many children from the marketplace, turn-of-the-century America was discovering new, sentimental criteria to determine a child's monetary worth. The heightened emotional status of children resulted, for example, in the legal justification of children's life insurance policies and in large damages awarded by courts to their parents in the event of death. A vivid account of changing attitudes toward children, this book dramatically illustrates the limits of economic views of life that ignore the pervasive role of social, cultural, emotional, and moral factors in our marketplace world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691034591
(203mm x 127mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 8-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United States
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A dollar is a dollar - or so most of us believe. Indeed, it is part of the ideology of our time that money is a single, impersonal instrument that impoverishes social life by reducing social relations to cold, hard cash. Arguing against this conventional wisdom, this book shows how people have invented their own forms of currency.
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