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Children and Childhood in Western Society

Children and Childhood in Western Society - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0582784536

Cover of Children and Childhood in Western Society 2ND 05 (ISBN 978-0582784536)
ISBN13: 978-0582784536
ISBN10: 0582784530
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 05
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 2005
International: No

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Children and Childhood in Western Society - 2ND 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0582784536

Hugh Cunningham

ISBN13: 978-0582784536
ISBN10: 0582784530
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 05
Publisher: Longman, Inc.

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

This book investigates the relationship between ideas about childhood and the actual experience of being a child, and assesses how it has changed over the span of five hundred years. Hugh Cunningham tells an engaging story of the development of ideas about childhood from the Renaissance to the present, including Locke, Rosseau, Wordsworth and Freud, revealing considerable differences in the way western societites have understood and valued childhood over time. His survey of parent/child relationships uncovers evidence of parental love, care and, in the frequent cases of child death, grief throughout the period, concluding that there was as much continuity as change in the actual relations of children and adults across these five centuries.

For undergraduate courses in History of the Family, European Social History, History of Children and Gender History.

Features

  • Integration of discussion of cruelty to children, delinquency and crime brings the text up-to-date with the latest research
  • An entirely rewritten last chapter on the 20th century includes analysis of the Bulger and Soham cases, and the impact of the media and consumption
  • New treatment of the impact of World War Two on children including Anne Franks
  • Illustrations in a new plate section will bring the text alive for readers

Table of Contents

Introduction

Children and Childhood in Ancient and Medieval Europe
The Development of a Middle-class Ideology of Childhood, 1500-1900
Family, Work and School, 1500-1900
Children, Philanthropy and the State in Europe, 1500-1860
Saving the Children, 1830-1920
'The Century of the Child?'

Conclusion
Guide to Further Reading

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