Boundaries of Touch

Boundaries of Touch

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A history of the shifting and conflicting ideas about when, where, and how we should touch our children. Discussing issues of parent-child contact ranging from breastfeeding to sexual abuse, Jean O'Malley Halley traces the evolution of mainstream ideas about touching between adults and children over the course of the twentieth century in the United States. Debates over when a child should be weaned and whether to allow a child to sleep in the parent's bed reveal deep differences in conceptions of appropriate adult-child contact. In addition to contemporary periodicals and self-help books on child rearing, Halley uses information gathered from interviews she conducted with mothers ranging in age from twenty-eight to seventy-three. Throughout, she reveals how the parent-child relationship, far from being a private or benign subject, continues as a highly contested, politicized affair of keen public interest.--From publisher description.Clearly, Sears concerns himself with what he deems good for the baby, and not necessarily with what might be good for ... 39 While Sears claims that difficult problems in raising onea#39;s children a€œdo not have easy answers, a€ one might questionanbsp;...

Title:Boundaries of Touch
Author: Jean O'Malley Halley
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 2007

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