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Uk/news/ magazine-20093812 (accessed 28 January 2013). uk/news/ magazine-20093812 (accessed 28 January 2013). uk/news/uk-19870676 (accessed 28 January 2013). 19 ‘Deep Read: Savile Sex Scandal Spurs Soul Searching’, Jill Lawless, Mail & Guardian, 31 October 2012. 20 ‘In Denial Then, In Denial Now’, John Waters, Tablet, 30 May 2009. 21 ‘Sir Cyril Smith: New Police Inquiry Launched into “Sex Abuse” Claims’, Andrew Hough, The Telegraph, 21 November 2012. 22 Kafka (2006) p. 7. 23 Alan Young, personal communication, 6 November 2012.

This chapter attempts to explain why childhood has become associated with an expanding variety of dangers. It explores the social and cultural influences that have led to a radical redefinition of childhood, and makes the argument that because children have become the main conduit for the expression of moral concerns, issues related to childhood are invariably a source of public anxiety. The vulnerable child Virtually every dimension of children’s experience comes with a health warning. Our anxieties about childhood have little to do with any specific threat, real or imaginary.

35 The image of Savile playing the pantomime common man to Charles the pantomime toff captures an important trend in the culture of the 1970s and 1980s. This was an era when traditional British institutions experienced an erosion of their authority. One of the ways that sections of the establishment sought to enhance their credibility was through cultivating a relationship with celebrities. Prime Minster Harold Wilson, arguably the first self-consciously anti-traditionalist leader of Britain, had himself photographed with The Beatles in March 1964; a year later he demonstrated his populist touch when he had The Beatles awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

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