Analysis Of Barbara Nelson 's Book ' Making An Issue Of Child Abuse Political Agenda Setting For Social Problems Essay

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Barbara Nelson book review
Yaimar DeLeon
California State University of Fresno

The social problems that face our country continuously surround our government. Politicians, although they attempt to avoid these issues are constantly in the eye of the public. Social problems can be determined as, “…some condition, set of events, or group of persons constitutes a troublesome situation that needs to be changed or ameliorated ”. In Barbara J. Nelson’s book Making an Issue of Child Abuse Political Agenda Setting for Social Problems, the author broke down the history of child abuse policy ensuring to depict the way in which this social issue became an agenda setting topic, how the media contributed to this issues grand impact on society and how the government made way and gave this issue the focus it needed. Throughout the book we learned about many important programs and policies that were set forth to help children facing child abuse. An important association that continues its work vigorously today, ensuring the safety of children is the American Humane Association (AHA). For this matter it is important to understand the importance of the history of child abuse as a policy and the role the AHA has had in regards to this policy and protecting the children of our nation. The agenda setting process followed a series of stages, which Nelson recurred to in order to develop her theories. The process included, recognizing, adopting, setting priorities

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