A critique of the social constructionist and relativistic cultural conception of child abuse

Authors

  • Christopher Offong Akpan Department of Philosophy, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
  • Samuel Akpan Bassey Department of Philosophy, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1790-4682

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33750/ijhi.v3i1.65

Keywords:

Child abuse; cultural relativism; social construct; nature eye-view.

Abstract

Some social scientists and philosophers tend to think that 'child abuse' is a socially constructed and culturally relativistic term than an objective phenomenon. This stems from the divergent cultural views of what characterize abuses.   This work argues that child abuse necessarily should not be considered as a social construct. Using the textual analytic and critical methods of philosophizing, the work explores a few relevant but intriguing facts of child abuse and more importantly the challenges connected with socially constructed and culturally relativistic conceptions of this phenomenon. The paper submits that; if humans could appeal to 'nature eye-view' they could perceive the natural bonding relationship which culminates in the congenial protection of the young by parents; hence, would agree that any aberration of such relationship would constitute abuse. This work would engage readers to understand child abuse as a prevalent cross-cultural reality, and to that extent, instigate them to condemn it wherever it occurs.

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Published

2020-03-30

How to Cite

Akpan, C. O., & Bassey, S. A. (2020). A critique of the social constructionist and relativistic cultural conception of child abuse . International Journal of Humanities and Innovation (IJHI), 3(1), 11–16. https://doi.org/10.33750/ijhi.v3i1.65

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