- Provides observations from children, professionals and several generations from within individual families
- Discusses the power of language used by parents, professionals and the media to describe physical punishment
- Reflects upon the status of children in societies that sanction their physical punishment, motivations and justifications for its use, perceptions of its effectiveness, and its impact
- Presents a combination of personal, social, legal, and language factors which provide significant new insights and suggest ways to move forward
2 Childhood and physical punishment in historical perspective.
3 Legal responses to physical punishment.
4 Conducting sensitive and ethical research with children and adults.
5 Experiences of physical punishment at home, at school and in public places.
6 Public and professional perceptions of the effectiveness of physical punishment.
7 The subjugation of children through language and physical punishment.
8 The effects of physical punishment.
9 The persistence of physical punishment.
10 The morality of physical punishment.
11 An ideal childhood.