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“These essays are exemplary in conceptualization, organization, and delivery. The messages are crystal clear, the readability superb. This book stands as a model of editorial excellence. The design of the volume is unique and responds well to a clear need in the subdiscipline of family violence, which remains fraught with diversity and dissention…. This piece of work is honest and effectively illuminates the growing pains of a very young and ideologically loaded subdiscipline that is anchored by an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous collection of smart people. Current Controversies on Family Violence is a powerful addition to the family violence literature. I recommend it as required reading for family violence courses. Gelles and Loseke are to be commended for their excellent idea, their ...

Proper Socialization Requires Powerful Love and Equally Powerful Discipline
Proper socialization requires powerful love and equally powerful discipline

“All of the arguments raging in America's culture war,” says Professor Francis Fukayama of George Mason University, “lead back to the breakdown of the traditional family brought about by the movement of women into the workforce and the separation of sex from reproduction.” Quite so. Since it is clearly part and parcel of our culture war, the argument over whether or not parents should be allowed to spank children is really about the breakdown of the traditional family.

When the traditional family reigned supreme, parental discretion in disciplinary matters was taken for granted. If you heard one of your next-door neighbors’ kids being spanked, you might have disapproved, but ...

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