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Feminist views on baby legislation is a suite of interdisciplinary socio-legal essays which discover the complicated courting among childhood,gender and the legislations. Drawing on quite a lot of feminist and demanding theories and empirical study, those unique essays problem the gender neutrality of legislation; they discover the transferring structures of adolescence by means of legislation, felony perform and pop culture; and so they supply serious and well timed insights into the complicated courting among adults and youngsters. The essays transcend the conventional obstacles of kid legislation in the legislation college curriculum and inside of felony perform via addressing a variety of matters, equivalent to health and wellbeing, felony justice, schooling, sexuality and household violence. by way of forthcoming those concerns in cutting edge methods, the essays query the influence of gender on social and cultural understandings of early life and on modern interpretations of kid welfare and provides voice to the various offerings and reviews of female and male teenagers.

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27 The Untouched Key: Tracing Childhood Trauma in Creativity and Destructiveness, 1990, New York: Doubleday, p 141. 28 Eg, Deuteronomy 8:5–6 or II Samuel 7:14–15. 29 Ibid, Greven, p 47. 30 It comes from Samuel Butler’s poem ‘Hudibras’, published in 1664 (see Gibson, I, The English Vice: Beating, Sex and Shame in Victorian England and After, 1978, London: Duckworth, p 49). 31 Eg, in Proverbs 29:17; 3:11–12; 10:13; 19:18. 32 See Matthew 18:10–11, 14. 22 Feminism and Child Law them, but arguments for corporal punishment as the Christian method of discipline can be found in New Testament texts other than the Gospels.

34 The relationship between God and man is clearly reflected in that between parent and child: obedience and submission are expected and are to be enforced by the rigours of punishment. God’s punishments for disobedience, graphically described in the Old Testament,35 are matched by those which fathers and mothers can inflict upon disobedient sons: If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of the father, or the voice of the mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of the city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of the city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

Op cit, Oakley, fn 33, pp 24–25; see, also, Alanen, L, ‘Gender and generation: feminism and the “child question”’, in op cit, Qvortrup et al, fn 48, pp 35–36. See, eg, Smart, C, Wade, A and Neale, B, ‘Objects of concern? – children and divorce’ (1999) 11 CFLQ 365; James, AL and Richards, MPM, ‘Sociological perspectives, family policy, family law and children: adult thinking and sociological tinkering’ (1999) 21 JSWFL 23. See the examples given by Oakley in op cit, fn 33, pp 25–26. Alderson, P, ‘Researching children’s rights to integrity’, in op cit, Mayall, fn 33.

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