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

Protecting Children in Time

Child Abuse, Child Protection and the Consequences of Modernity

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9781403906922
Number Of Pages: 262

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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, to protect children in time . 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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'A wonderfully interesting examination of the temporal, spatial and sensuous complexities of 'child protection'. Ferguson demonstrates how relationships, officials, procedures and children are all 'on the move' and provides new insights into how this creates both opportunities and risks in protecting children from danger and death.' - John Urry, Professor of Sociology, University of Lancaster, UK

'A major work which both deepens and extends our understanding of those who maltreat, those who are maltreated and those who are asked to respond taking a long and original look at child protection from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The book finds a place for psychology and the emotions, for intimacy and relationships, for the unconscious and irrational. Ferguson elegantly celebrates the uplifting and unpredictable nature of the human condition, a state which if explored and embraced allows professionals and parents to meet, engage and understand so that children may not only survive physically but also thrive socially.' - David Howe, Dean of the School of Social Work and Psychosocial Studies, University of East Anglia, UK

'Protecting Children in Time is an analysis for our times. It effectively combines historical and present day case material with current social theorising to create cogent new ways of seeing current dilemmas. It succeeds in doing just what many analyses should seek to achieve but often do not - to be both intellectually satisfying and practically relevant.' - Jan Fook, Director of the Centre for Professional Development, LaTrobe University, Australia

'Never before has the issue of child protection been examined so thoroughly and so thoughtfully. In the last instance, Ferguson's analysis serves as an appeal to all those who are too quick to judge and condemn professional failings to celebrate instead the daily performance of social workers and other professionals whose job it is to translate into actions the ever evolving meaning of child protection in a context of increasing life scripts and ways of living that are the consequence of modernity.' - Journal of Social Policy

'...a splendidly rich tour de force' - Journal of Social Work

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. x
Protecting Children in Time, or Failing To: Child Abuse, Child Protection and Modernityp. 1
Life and death politics: the contemporary state of child protectionp. 5
Researching child protection, past and presentp. 10
Theorizing child protection and modernity: 'solid' and 'melting' visionsp. 13
Taking it Onto the Streets: The Discovery of Child Death and Birth of Child Protection, 1870-1914p. 23
Child protection in pre-modern timesp. 24
Taking it onto the streets: child protection's modern rootsp. 26
Protecting children in late-nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century timesp. 36
Changing strategies of practice: bringing child protection into the homep. 43
Prompt local action: the protection of children in new timesp. 47
The Smell of Practice: Child Protection, the Body and the Experience of Modernityp. 52
Child protection, mobility and the culture of modernismp. 53
Child protection as the fleeting, the ephemeral and the contingentp. 58
The smell of practice: child protection as embodied actionp. 62
The body and the new order of child protectionp. 70
The tragedy of modernity: the failure to protect sexually abused children in timep. 72
From Day-to-Day Quietly and Without Fuss: Child Protection, Simple Modernity and the Repression of Knowledge of Child Death, 1914-70p. 80
The sequestration of child death and protectionp. 81
Child protection and fateful momentsp. 90
Child protection, trust and ontological securityp. 92
Disgust, the grotesque body and exclusionary dynamic of child protectionp. 94
Child protection and the legacy of simple modernityp. 102
Child Physical Abuse and the Return of Death Since the 1970s: Child Protection, Risk and Reflexive Modernizationp. 106
The '(re-)discovery' of child abusep. 108
From risk consciousness to risk anxiety: child protection in the risk societyp. 115
The roots of anxiety: blaming systems and fear of children's sufferingp. 120
Protecting children in late-modern timesp. 123
Body projects: living as well as working with child protection and riskp. 127
Sequestration and death in late-modern child protectionp. 129
Containing risk anxiety: rethinking bureaucracy in late-modern child protectionp. 133
Child Sexual Abuse and the Reflexive Project of the Self: Child Protection, Individualization and Life Politicsp. 136
Child protection, individualization and the reflexive citizenp. 137
Help-seeking, creative, reflexive agency and the complexities of child protectionp. 140
Child protection interventions and life-planningp. 149
Men, individualization and child protectionp. 154
Individualization becomes public: child protection and intimate citizenshipp. 156
The ambiguous politics of child abuse and barriers to effective child protectionp. 157
Into Another World: Child Neglect, Multi-problem Families and the Psychosocial Dynamics of Late-modern Child Protectionp. 163
Violence and resistance in child protection workp. 164
The complexities of human agency and the psychodynamics of child protectionp. 167
'That sort of neglect smell': the symbolic dimensions of child protectionp. 175
The 'time warp' and other-worldliness of protecting children in (other's) spacep. 186
Liquid Welfare: Child Protection and the Consequences of Modernityp. 192
Modernity under a positive sign: the creative achievements of child protectionp. 193
Time, space and the mobilities of child protectionp. 195
Failures to protect in time revisited: the tragedy of Victoria Climbiep. 205
Liquid practices: towards a critical theory of child protection without guaranteesp. 212
Appendix 1p. 221
Appendix 2p. 222
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 240
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ISBN: 9781403906922
ISBN-10: 1403906920
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1