This edited collection brings an interdisciplinary, while mostly theologically driven, perspective to decolonization and reconciliation by examining corporal punishment in a Christian context. Building on a two-day symposium held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 2017, the editors bring together some involved with the symposium and new voices to build on the “Christian Theological Statement in Support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 6,” which was generated through the symposium. Overall, the book focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Call to Action 6 to repeal section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which “justifies the use of corporal punishment by parents and those standing in the place of parents” (1–2). All the chapters are anchored by chapter 1, written by Reverend Mark MacDonald, which situates Canada’s residential school system within “the broader systemic evil that is called colonialism” (18) as well...
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Book Review| January 01 2022
Decolonizing Discipline: Children, Corporal Punishment, Christian Theologies, and Reconciliation
Decolonizing Discipline: Children, Corporal Punishment, Christian Theologies, and Reconciliation. By Michaelson, Valerie and Durrant, Joan. (
University of Manitoba Press,
280pp. $31.95 paperback.).
Ethnohistory (2022) 69 (1): 133–134.
Kaitlyn Watson; Decolonizing Discipline: Children, Corporal Punishment, Christian Theologies, and Reconciliation. Ethnohistory 1 January 2022; 69 (1): 133–134. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00141801-9404373
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