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Beyond 'anti-smacking': Challenging violence and coercion in parent-child relations

Phillips, B; Alderson, P; (2003) Beyond 'anti-smacking': Challenging violence and coercion in parent-child relations. International Journal of Children's Rights , 11 (2) pp. 175-197. 10.1163/092755603322397250. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reviews contradictions between the increasing recognition that smacking is unnecessary and dangerous and its continuing prevalence and acceptability. Two underlying causes for this paradox are considered: the cultural system that constructs children as human becomings rather than human beings, and the power system that guarantees „parents‟ rights‟ over children‟s human rights. We highlight the lack of critical engagement with these issues by the anti-smacking lobby and outline the beginnings of an alternative approach.

Type: Article
Title: Beyond 'anti-smacking': Challenging violence and coercion in parent-child relations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1163/092755603322397250
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1163/092755603322397250
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1493895
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