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Manufacturing "bad mothers" : a critical perspective on child neglect, Karen J. Swift

Label
Manufacturing "bad mothers" : a critical perspective on child neglect
Title
Manufacturing "bad mothers"
Title remainder
a critical perspective on child neglect
Statement of responsibility
Karen J. Swift
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Child neglect has been characterized over the past century as a problem of deficient care of children by mothers. A complex and punitive child welfare system has emerged, based on a view that the children of these mothers require legally sanctioned rescue by those better suited to care for them. Karen Swift challenges both the accepted view of child neglect and the present official response to it. Beginning from a critical theoretical perspective, she argues that our usual perceptions of neglect hide and distort important social realities. This distorted perception only serves to reproduce the conditions of poverty, marginalization, and violence in which these families live. The current child welfare system, far from rescuing neglected children, helps instead to ensure the continuation of their problems, and the outcome is especially dramatic and damaging in Aboriginal communities. Swift explores the historical, organizational, and professional dimensions within which child neglect becomes a visible social reality. Also examined are relations of class, race, and gender embedded in our usual understanding of child neglect. The discussion shows how these relations are continually reproduced through ordinary, everyday work practices of social workers and others who deal with mothers accused of child neglect. The 'good parent' model, through which help and authority are apparently merged, continually indicates that the mothers are unworthy of help. Their own experience disappears as they are faced with procedures designed to examine their present suitability for the job of parenting. The same procedures produce a situation in which children are being helped through the exertion of state authority over their parents - but most of the help provided children is theoretical, and some of it is quite damaging. Swift also looks at both current and alternative notions of helping families. Finally, she argues that each of us can help to transform oppressive social realities
Cataloging source
CaOTU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Swift, Karen
Index
index present
LC call number
HV873
LC item number
.S88 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Abandoned children
  • Abused children
  • Child abuse
  • Social work with children
  • Family social work
  • Violence envers les enfants
  • Service social aux enfants
  • Service social
  • Abandoned children
  • Abused children
  • Child abuse
  • Family social work
  • Social work with children
  • Kindesmisshandlung
  • Sozialarbeit
Label
Manufacturing "bad mothers" : a critical perspective on child neglect, Karen J. Swift
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-210) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Home Alone -- 2. A Critical Approach to Child Neglect -- 3. The Social Context of Neglect -- 4. Chronic Dirt and Disorder: Producing a Case of Child Neglect -- 5. Personality or Poverty? -- Contradictory Views of Neglect -- 6. Neglect as Failed Motherhood -- 7. The Colour of Neglect -- 8. 'Good Parents': The Current Approach to Neglect -- 9. Transformations
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 218 pages
Isbn
9780802029782
Lccn
95171073
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31781343
  • (OCoLC)ocm31781343
Label
Manufacturing "bad mothers" : a critical perspective on child neglect, Karen J. Swift
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-210) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Home Alone -- 2. A Critical Approach to Child Neglect -- 3. The Social Context of Neglect -- 4. Chronic Dirt and Disorder: Producing a Case of Child Neglect -- 5. Personality or Poverty? -- Contradictory Views of Neglect -- 6. Neglect as Failed Motherhood -- 7. The Colour of Neglect -- 8. 'Good Parents': The Current Approach to Neglect -- 9. Transformations
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 218 pages
Isbn
9780802029782
Lccn
95171073
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31781343
  • (OCoLC)ocm31781343

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