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Description - Pricing the Priceless Child by Viviana A. Zelizer

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 towards 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 Details

ISBN: 9780691034591
ISBN-10: 0691034591
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 8-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Viviana A. Zelizer

Viviana A. Zelizer is Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. She is the author of Morals and Markets: The Development in Life Insurance in the United States (Columbia).

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