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

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McCallum, David (2011) 'Lemon and milk': liberal political tensions in child governance. Current issues in Criminal Justice, 23 (1). pp. 85-95. ISSN 1034-5329


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
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17145
Official URL http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=25092551...
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9404 Justice and the Law
Keywords ResPubID23581, child protection services
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