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Spare the Child: The Religious Roots of Punishment and the Psychological Impact of Physical Abuse

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He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. These words provided generations of American Christians with the justification for physically disciplining their children, in ways that range from spankings to brutal beatings. This learned and deeply disturbing work of history examines both the religious roots of corporal punishment in America and its consequences — in the minds of children, in adults, and in our national tendencies toward authoritarian and apocalyptic thinking. Drawing on sources as old as Cotton Mather and as current as today's headlines, Spare the Child is one of those rare works of scholarship that have the power to change our lives.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

PART I. The Problem

PART II. Experiences

Moral Suasion and Nonviolence

Before Conscious Memory Begins

Memories of Pain and Punishments

Disciplined Death

PART III. Rationales

Religious Rationales

Biblical Roots

Eternal Punishment

Breaking Wills

Methodologies of Punishment

The Last Resort

Secular Rationales

Judicial Justifications

Behaviorist Arguments

PART IV. Consequences

Anxiety and Fear

Anger and Hate

Empathy and Apathy

Melancholy and Depression

Obsessiveness and Rigidity

Ambivalence: Protect and Destroy

Dissociation

Paranoia

Sadomasochism

Domestic Violence

Aggression and Delinquency

Authoritarianism

The Apocalyptic Impulse

PART V. Choices

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307773005
Subtitle:
The Religious Roots of Punishment and the Psychological Impact of Physical Abuse
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Greven, Philip J. Jr
Author:
Greven, Philip J.
Subject:
Psychology : Developmental - Child
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Child Development
Subject:
Corporal punishment
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Child abuse -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History of doctrines.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Abuse
Subject:
Child Care
Subject:
Discipline of children
Subject:
Child abuse
Subject:
History
Subject:
Parenting - Discipline
Subject:
Developmental - Child
Subject:
Abuse - General
Subject:
Child abuse -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19920303
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
284

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Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
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