Childhood in Question : Children, Parents and the State

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Pub. Date: 1999-08-20
Publisher(s): Manchester University Press
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Childhood in Questionexplores the historical development, from the 1600s to the 1960s, of childhood experience. Drawing on artifacts as diverse as state papers, legal records, diaries, letters and oral sources, the authors probe a series of key issues: the definition of "the child" and the formation of identity; the emotional world of childhood; the changing attitudes of the state to family intimacy and parent-child relations; the sexuality of children; children and authority; and children and crime.

Author Biography

Anthony Fletcher is Professor of History at the University of Essex. Stephen Hussey is Essex County Lecturer in History at the University of Essex.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements ix
Anthony Fletcher
Stephen Hussey
What is a child?
Anna Davin
Death in childhood: the practice of the `good death' in James Janeway's A Token for Children
Ralph Houlbrooke
Silent witnesses? Children and the breakdown of domestic and social order in early modern England
Elizabeth A. Foyster
`A denial of innocence': female juvenile victims of rape and the English legal system in the eighteenth century
Julie Gammon
Home, play and street life: causes of, and explanations for, juvenile crime in the early nineteenth century
Heather Shore
Parent-child separations and colonial careers: the Talbot family correspondence in the 1880s and 1890s
Elizabeth Buettner
Family, community and the regulation of child sexual abuse: London, 1870--1914
Louise A. Jackson
Lost childhoods: recovering children's experience of welfare in modern Scotland
Lynn Abrams
Index 173

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