Punishing welfare : genealogies of child abuse

McCallum, David (2009) Punishing welfare : genealogies of child abuse. Griffith Law Review, 18 (1). pp. 114-128. ISSN 1038-3441


Official statistics on child protection in Australia suggest that child abuse is at crisis levels, providing a context for the most recent legislative and regulatory changes in child protection in Victoria; these promote community-managed services, voluntary care agreements, informal legal processes and fast-tracking of child intervention. This article sets out the rudiments of a genealogical account of the category of child abuse, placing the present events in the context of historical shifts in how the problem of child abuse is conceived and acted upon. It draws attention to new forms of power in relation to the policing of children and families, and their corresponding modes of subjectification that seek to fabricate individual responsibility for the underlying social arrangements surrounding children and families.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1937
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9404 Justice and the Law
Keywords ResPubID18049, child abuse, child protection, child welfare, government policies and regulations, Australia
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