Decolonizing Discipline : Children, Corporal Punishment, Christian Theologies, and Reconciliation
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Decolonizing Discipline : Children, Corporal Punishment, Christian Theologies, and Reconciliation

4 September 2020



In June 2015, Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action that urged reform of policies and programs to repair the harms caused by the Indian Residential Schools. Decolonizing Discipline is a response to Call to Action 6--the call to repeal Section 43 of Canada's Criminal Code, which justifies the corporal punishment of children. Editors Valerie Michaelson and Joan Durrant have brought together diverse voices to respond to this call and to consider the ways that colonial Western interpretations of Christian theologies have been used over centuries to normalize violence and rationalize the physical discipline of children. Theologians, clergy, social scientists, and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis leaders and community members explore the risks that corporal punishment poses to children and examine practical, non-violent approaches to discipline. The authors invite readers to participate in shaping this country into one that does not sanction violence against children. The result is a multifaceted exploration of theological debates, scientific evidence, and personal journeys of the violence that permeated Canada's Residential Schools and continues in Canadian homes today. Together, they compel us to decolonize discipline in Canada.--$cProvided by publisher.

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Selected revised papers presented at a conference, the Forum on TRC 6 Call to Action, in October, 2017, held at Queen's University, Ontario
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canada corporal punishment political science religious aspects american social science indigenous children corporal punishment of children discipline of children law and legislation ethnic studies native american studies violence against colonialism & post-colonialism

Table of Contents

Cover 1 Acknowledgements 12 Introduction 18 A Christian Theological Statement in Support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 6 28 Part 1. Setting the Stage: Residential Schools, Canadian Churches, and Corporal Punishment 32 Chapter 1. A Prophetic Call to Churches in Canada 34 Chapter 2. “I Was Spanked and I’m OK”: Examining Thirty Years of Research Evidence on Corporal Punishment 40 Chapter 3. Corporal Punishment: The Child’s Experience 53 Chapter 4. Lies That Have Shaped Us: Racism, Violence, and 68 Part 2. Examining Sacred Texts: Christian Theological Reflections on Corporal Punishment 82 Chapter 5. Acculturation, Enculturation, and Social Imaginaries: The Complex Relationship between the Gospel and Culture 84 Chapter 6. Reading the Bible Redemptively 94 Chapter 7. What Do We Do with Proverbs? 110 Chapter 8. The Significance of Robust Theologies of Childhood for Honouring Children’s Full Humanity and Rejecting Corporal Punishment 125 Part 3. Seeking Further Wisdom: Indigenous Parenting, Positive Approaches to Discipline, and Spiritual Practices 140 Chapter 9. The Circle of Courage: Raising Respectful, Responsible Children through Indigenous Child-Rearing Practices 142 Chapter 10. Inunnguiniq: Inuit Perspectives on Raising a Human Being 154 Chapter 11. Rethinking Christian Theologies of Discipline and Discipleship 169 Chapter 12. Walking the Path Toward Reconciliation: One Mother’s Transformative Journey from Parenting with Punishment to Parenting with Positive Discipline 178 Chapter 13. Whole-Person Discipline: The Spiritual Nurture of Children 190 Part 4. Moving Toward Reconciliation: Reflections on the Theological Statement and (Re)Imagining Our Shared Future 200 Chapter 14. Developing the Theological Statement on Corporal Punishment: The Process 202 Chapter 15. An International Perspective on the Canadian Theological Statement: Context, Tools, and Encouragement 211 Chapter 16. “On Sparing the Rod and Spoiling the Child”: Preaching on Call to Action 6 and the Repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code 226 Chapter 17. An Opportune Time: Corrupt Imagination and Distorted Lives 233 Chapter 18. Hiding, Finding, and Breaking: One Man’s Journey to Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Violence 243 Chapter 19. Let Ours Be Hands That Bless 253 Bibliography 260 Contributors 276