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

ISBN-10: 0679733388
ISBN-13: 9780679733386
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/3/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
The Problem
Experiences Moral Suasion and Nonviolence Before Conscious Memory Begins Memories of Pain and Punishments Disciplined Death
Rationales Religious Rationales Biblical Roots
Eternal Punishment Breaking Wills Methodologies of Punishment
The Last Resort Secular Rationales Judicial Justifications Behaviorist Arguments
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
Choices
Notes
Index

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