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Everybody’s business: the challenge of constructing a definition of child neglect in late modernity

Williams, Sasha (2016) Everybody’s business: the challenge of constructing a definition of child neglect in late modernity. In: 6th International Conference on Sociology and Social Work: Ties that Bind for Social Work: Late Modernity, Social Capital and Community, 25 & 26 August 2016, Windesheim University of Applied Science in Zwolle, the Netherlands. (Unpublished)

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Drawing on lay constructions of child neglect, this paper explores the challenges late modernity places before us all, lay people and professionals alike, in ensuring that children are not neglected.
My PhD research explored how lay people construct child neglect using data collected from focus group discussions between 46 self-defined lay people. My participants overwhelmingly constructed children in developmental terms, as having physical, emotional, training and supervisory needs which needed to be met
during childhood. Parents were primarily responsible for meeting these needs, and failure to do was constructed as potentially catastrophic for the children concerned and for society as a whole.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Public Lecture)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 11:18
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 16:21


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