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Spare the Child by Philip J. Greven, Jr.

Spare the Child

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Spare the Child by Philip J. Greven, Jr.
Mar 03, 1992 | ISBN 9780679733386
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"The great value of Spare the Child lies in its shock of awareness. The subject enters our minds and hearts in a new way, and we are forced to imagine a world in which the hitting of a child is against the laws of both man and God." — Chicago Tribune

"The force of Greven’s case serves to drive the reader to the book’s conclusion….You cannot read [it] without reviewing your most fundamental attitudes about human behavior."

— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

"A gift from an enlightened historian to every person. It provides us with crucial information ignored or silenced throughout the world. A step toward a more enlightened and peaceful society."

— Alice Miller, author of For Your Own Good

Table Of Contents


PART I. The Problem

PART II. Experiences

Moral Suasion and Nonviolence
Before Conscious Memory Begins
Memories of Pain and Punishments
Disciplined Death

PART III. Rationales

Religious Rationales
Biblical Roots
Eternal Punishment
Breaking Wills
Methodologies of Punishment
The Last Resort

Secular Rationales
Judicial Justifications
Behaviorist Arguments

PART IV. Consequences
Anxiety and Fear
Anger and Hate
Empathy and Apathy
Melancholy and Depression
Obsessiveness and Rigidity
Ambivalence: Protect and Destroy
Domestic Violence
Aggression and Delinquency
The Apocalyptic Impulse

PART V. Choices


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