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Children and Childhood in Western Society - 2nd edition

Children and Childhood in Western Society (ISBN10: 0582784530; ISBN13: 9780582784536)
ISBN13: 978-0582784536
ISBN10: 0582784530

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 ...show moresurvey 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.
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  • 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
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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 05
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 03/25/2005
International: No

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