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By Marie-Aimée Cliche, W. Donald Wilson

At one time, using corporal punishment by means of mom and dad in child-rearing used to be thought of general, yet within the moment half the 19th century this start to switch, in Quebec in addition to the remainder of the Western international. It used to be in this interval that the level of ill-treatment inflicted on children—treatment as soon as excused nearly as good child-rearing practice—was discovered.

This publication analyzes either the recommendation supplied to folks and different types of baby abuse inside households. Cliche derives her info from relatives magazines, experiences and recommendation columns in newspapers, people's existence tales, the documents of the Montreal Juvenile courtroom, or even comedian strips. dates are given specific concentration: 1920, with the trial of the oldsters of Aurore Gagnon, which sensitized the general public to the phenomenon of "child martyrs;" and 1940, with the appearance of the hot schooling circulate, which was once according to psychology instead of strict self-discipline and non secular doctrine.

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Then, in his anecdote about the little girl and the book, the author fails to mention the child’s age and provides no information about her tastes or personality. Perhaps this was a little girl of school age who was already showing intellectual curiosity. 20 If it was the latter, the desire to read it could be considered quite legitimate. But for the author none of that was important. The book was an object chosen at random. All that mattered was blind obedience to the mother’s orders. That is why she made no effort to forestall the girl’s disobedience, for instance, by putting the volume out of her reach or suggesting a different activity.

20 If it was the latter, the desire to read it could be considered quite legitimate. But for the author none of that was important. The book was an object chosen at random. All that mattered was blind obedience to the mother’s orders. That is why she made no effort to forestall the girl’s disobedience, for instance, by putting the volume out of her reach or suggesting a different activity. As for the punishment, inflicted dispassionately but with enough severity to leave a lasting memory, it was intended to make the child humble, submissive, and respectful, and help her to make a mental connection between disobedience and suffering.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for our publishing activities. LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA CATALOGUING IN PUBLICATION Cliche, Marie-Aimée [Maltraiter ou punir? English] Abuse or punishment? violence toward children in Quebec families, 1850–1969 / Marie-Aimée Cliche ; translated by W. Donald Wilson. (Studies in childhood and family in Canada) Translation of: Maltraiter ou punir? Includes bibliographical references and index. Issued in print and electronic formats.

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