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Claudia Castaneda

In: The Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory

Chapter 7: Child Organ Stealing Stories: Risk, Rumour and Reproductive Technologies

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Child Organ Stealing Stories: Risk, Rumour and Reproductive Technologies
Child organ stealing stories: Risk, rumour and reproductive technologies
ClaudiaCastaneda

The United States Information Agency's (USIA) Program Officer for Countering Misinformation and Disinformation is charged with responding to false stories considered to pose a risk of some kind to the United States and its citizens. The Program Officer, Todd Leventhal, estimates that he has spent 80% of his nine post-Cold War years in office countering a single rumour: the ‘child organ stealing’ or ‘baby parts’ rumour (Leventhal, 1995a). The child organ stealing rumour is a story about Latin American, Korean, and other children being kidnapped for organ harvesting. In its many different versions, the kidneys, corneas, liver, or heart are removed from the stolen child and sold in a ...

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