2 Childhood and physical punishment in historical perspective.
3 Legal responses to physical punishment.
4 Conducting sensitive and ethical research with children and adults.
5 Experiences of physical punishment at home, at school and in public places.
6 Public and professional perceptions of the effectiveness of physical punishment.
7 The subjugation of children through language and physical punishment.
8 The effects of physical punishment.
9 The persistence of physical punishment.
10 The morality of physical punishment.
11 An ideal childhood.
""It provides a very good summary of the history, language, impact and legal responses to physical punishment of children in Sweden and various English-speaking countries, with particular attention to Australia, the authors' country of residence. The strength and real contribution of the book lies, however, in the presentation of the views of children-voices that are generally not heard in the debate about this contentious issue though they are the ones who bear the brunt of this form of punishment. In this book, they are given equal standing with those of the adults-the parents and the professionals."" (Child Abuse Review, 2010)