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'Lemon and milk': liberal political tensions in child governance

McCallum, David (2011) 'Lemon and milk': liberal political tensions in child governance. Current issues in Criminal Justice, 23 (1). pp. 85-96. ISSN 1034-5329

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Abstract

Child protection is reported to be in a state of crisis. Regular media commentary on escalating rates of child abuse, continual reports of deaths of clients in child protection services, and the use of the army and police in Northern Territory Indigenous communities all seem to point to an upsurge in the harming of children in Australia. This article reviews some Australian and international research that has been important in shaping the problem of regulating children and families, and considers this work against recent policy directions. The article suggests that the crisis may refer to tensions produced by failed attempts to govern through risk management techniques, to the strains within liberal political reason over problems of intervention in the private sphere of the family, and to the constitution of parents and children as equal legal subjects while simultaneously as subjects as pastoral power .

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23581, child protection services
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
SEO Classification > 9404 Justice and the Law
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Depositing User: A/Professor David McCallum
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 05:19
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2014 00:54
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17145
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