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Discipline and the Ethics of Care—Constructing Caregiver Discourses from an Urban Poor Area in Tanzania

Sofia Johnson Frankenberg

in Law and Childhood Studies

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652501
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739217 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652501.003.0030

Series: Current Legal Issues

Discipline and the Ethics of Care—Constructing Caregiver Discourses from an Urban Poor Area in Tanzania

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Most caregivers regard it as their responsibility to teach children to behave appropriately. What is appropriate behaviour and how to make children behave as they should varies according to the local context. In Tanzania, although a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, corporal punishment is lawful in schools, in the penal system, in families, and in alternative care institutions. In a previous chapter, caregivers' conceptions of corporal punishment have been explored. This chapter takes point of departure in these findings and takes them a step further by investigating how they can be understood in the light of the caregiving relationship using the concepts zone of intimacy and ethics of care.

Keywords: corporal punishment; caregivers; Tanzania; ethics of care; intimacy

Chapter.  6894 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Family Law

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