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- DescriptionWhy does our society think it is okay to hit children? Almost everyone thinks it is wrong to abuse a child. But many parents and teachers believe it is okay to spank children, rap their knuckles, slap their faces, pull their hair and yank their arms, as long as the punishment does t result in serious injury or death, and is intended to improve a child's behaviour. Susan M. Turner explores the historical, psychological, sociological and legal foundations of this belief from a philosophical perspective and argues why it should be abandoned. Something to Cry About presents evidence from recent studies showing that all forms of corporal punishment pose significant risks for children and that ne improves behaviour in the long term. Dr. Turner also examines Section 43 of the Canadian Criminal Code -- a law that protects those who punish children in their care by allowing them to hit the children as long as such punishment is reasonable, even though Canadian case law shows that reasonable has included breaking a child's fingers. Turner presents a comprehensive argument in favour of repeal. In Something to Cry About, Turner takes a definite stand, but does so in a way that invites critical dialogue. Her work is the first to set out the debate over corporal punishment in multidisciplinary terms pertinent to Canadian society. She brings together in one place a wide variety of thought and data which can be consulted by all Canadians concerned with the welfare of children.
- Author BiographySusan M. Turner, a single parent of three children, entered graduate school in 1989, received her master's degree in 1991 and her doctorate in 1995. Since 1996, she has worked in Victoria as a university instructor and tutor.
- Author(s)Susan M. Turner
- PublisherWilfrid Laurier University Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2002
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationWaterloo, Ontario
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintWilfrid Laurier University Press
- Weight559 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine20 mm
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