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Physical Punishment in Childhood. The Rights of the Child. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2174131
  • Book
  • January 2010
  • 284 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Providing a wide spectrum of views, the authors explore the fine line between normalized physical punishment and illegal or unacceptable physical and emotional abuse of children. It builds on the emerging field of research that provides opportunities for children to speak for themselves about their views and experiences.
  • 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
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1 Introduction.

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.



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Bernadette J. Saunders a (CAPRA), Monash University.

Chris Goddard
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