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ERIC Number: EJ794423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
The Rights of the Child and "The Good of the Learners": A Comparative Ethnographical Survey on the Abolition of Corporal Punishment in South African Schools
Payet, Jean-Paul; Franchi, Vije
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v15 n2 p157-176 2008
In contemporary South Africa, the abolition of corporal punishment symbolizes a break with the previous schooling system. A qualitative study in four formerly segregated schools south of Johannesburg showcases different realities and discourses on corporal punishment. The practices vary from its total abolition to its continued maintenance. Most learners in a Soweto-based school justify its use to maintain discipline in a hostile environment. Adding to conventional perspectives on the abolition of corporal punishment, a comprehensive approach provides a contextualized understanding of its function in the eyes of the school community, and reveals complex links between corporal punishment and a practice of care. (Contains 5 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa; South Africa (Johannesburg)