Protecting Children in Time: Child Abuse, Child Protection and the Consequences of Modernity

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Protecting Children in Time provides a highly original analysis of the origins and development of the taken-for-granted notion that it is possible through social intervention to protect children from avoidable harm and even death. By using case studies which span the past 120 years of "modern" practices and drawing on the work of leading social theorists of modernity and risk society it provides a new way of thinking about constructions of child abuse as a social problem and child protection as a late-modern ...

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Overview

Protecting Children in Time provides a highly original analysis of the origins and development of the taken-for-granted notion that it is possible through social intervention to protect children from avoidable harm and even death. By using case studies which span the past 120 years of "modern" practices and drawing on the work of leading social theorists of modernity and risk society it provides a new way of thinking about constructions of child abuse as a social problem and child protection as a late-modern expert system and experience. It proposes new ways of conceptualizing relationships between professionals, children at risk and families and deepens our understanding of what effective interventions have to involve.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403906922
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Ferguson is Professor of Social Work in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Protecting Children in Time, or Failing to: Child Abuse, Child Protection and Modernity
• Taking it Onto the Streets: The Discovery of Child Death and Birth of Child Protection, 1870-1914
• The Smell of Practice: Child Protection, The Body and the Experience of Modernity
• From Day-To-Day Quietly and Without Fuss: Child Protection, Simple Modernity and the Repression of Knowledge of Child Death, 1914-1970
• Child Physical Abuse and the Returban of Death: Child Protection, Risk and Reflexive Modernization
• Child Sexual Abuse and the Reflexive Project of the Self: Child Protection, Individualization and Life Politics
• Into Another World: Child Neglect, Multi-Problem Families and the Psycho-Social Dynamics of Late-Modern Child Protection
• Liquid Welfare: Child Protection and the Consequences of Modernity

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