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Medicalising and misunderstanding child abuse

Date: 15 Jun 2023


The talk will focus on the ‘discovery’ of child abuse within the family in 19th century Europe and on how doctors uncovered cases of abuse through analysing the marks left on the bodies of young, frightened and powerless children. Doctors have often proved to be children’s greatest allies, but in the late 20th century, their authority was called into question. A series of high-profile cases in the UK, where doctors misread or misdiagnosed abuse, pitted parents against professionals, and added to a contemporary cynicism and mistrust of experts. This talk will provide narrative history of the rise and fall of these experts and its impacts on child protection.

Heather Montgomery is Professor of Anthropology and Childhood at the Open University, UK. Her research interests are in the history and anthropology of childhood, children’s rights and child abuse and exploitation. Her book, Familiar Violence. A History of Child Abuse in England will be published by Polity Press later this year.

Duration: 7pm to 9.30pm

Venue: Online

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Contact: Email Organizer

Early Bird: S$60.00 + GST (book before 22nd May 2023)

Standard: S$75.00 + GST

Language: English

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