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This front matter section of this book Corporal Punishment of Children: A Human Rights Violation contains the table of contents, acknowledgments and an introduction to the book. Reassessment of corporal punishment of children is in many countries politically sensitive and evocative of related controversial issues, circumstances that make it easy to ascribe an unintended breadth to the subject undertaken. The approach adopted in the book is to treat such punishment as a highly significant and often unacknowledged factor contributing to humanity's more destructive characteristics and tendencies. The book analyzes law reform with respect to only one form of discipline-physical chastisement. Indeed, reflecting the confluence of juvenile and parental interests, international human rights law champions both the rights of the child and the sacrosanct place of the family in children's lives and society generally.

Keywords: corporal punishment of children; human rights violation; international human rights law



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