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Children and Childhood in Western Society (2ND 05 Edition)

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¿a most elegant survey of ideas about childhood and of children¿s lives in modern western society¿ a stimulating yet accessible analysis of a p ar t of human experience so difficult for the historian to uncover.

Lynn Abrams , Professor of Gender History, University of Glasgow

 

¿necessary reading for those seeking a fuller understanding of modern childhood.

John Stew ar t , Principal Lecturer in History, Oxford Brookes University

Of the first edition:

¿an excellent and accessible st ar ting point.

Anthony Fletcher, University of London

 

Any reader in se ar ch of a cle ar , well-written, and comprehensive account of the history of children and childhood could ask for nothing better.

Victor Slater, Dep ar tment of History, Louisiana State University

 

 

Children and Childhood investigates the relationship between ideas about childhood and the actual experience of being a child, assessing how it has changed over a 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, Rousseau, Wordsworth and Freud, revealing considerable differences in the way western societies 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.

 

In this fully updated second edition of his definitive text, Cunningham incorporates the latest research findings and outlines recent changes in the field, substantially revising and adding to the account of childhood in the twentieth century. The book also now includes extended discussion of the history of cruelty to children, and of the lives of children who through orphanage, abandonment, homelessness or crime came under the care of the institutions set up by voluntary organisations or the state. A new plate section links images of children to ideas and policies about childhood.

The only book in English to bring the history of childhood up to the present, Children and Childhood is essential reading for those studying the history of childhood, as well as an excellent background for those involved in policy-making today or for anyone wanting a historical context for modern worries about childhood.

Hugh Cunningham is Emeritus Professor of Social History at the University of Kent.

 

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Cunningham (social history, U. of Kent) traces the evolution of what is now considered a proper child--an immature person--and a proper childhood--a shifting set of ideas about children--through the modern era in western society. He has revised the 1995 edition to incorporate such emergent concerns as poverty, child abuse, and the impact of new media.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

How different is the lifestyle of children today from that 500 years ago? To what extent has the parent-child dynamic altered? Hugh Cunnigham investigates the diverse experiences of Western children throughout the centuries.

  • A classic definitive work by a major scholar, this book is a market leader in its field
  • Illustrations in a new plate section will bring the text alive for readers
  • Tells a clear engaging story rather than just being a dull sequence of thematic chapters
  • Integration of discussion of cruelty to children, delinquency and crime makes the book extremely topical ¿ in fact the book has been updated throughout to take account of current affairs and the 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 includes Anne Franks
  • Social and cultural history has increased in popularity over the decade since the last edition was published

About the Author

Professor Hugh Cunningham is based at the University of Kent, Canterbury. His publications include The Volunteer Force: A Social and Political History 1859-1908 (Croom 1975), Leisure in the Industrial Revolution (Croom 1980) and The Children of the Poor: Representations of Childhood since the Seventeenth Century (Blackwell, 1991).  He is also the author of our recent title The Challenge of Democracy.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Children and Childhood in Ancient and Medieval Europe
  3. The Development of a Middle-class Ideology of Childhood, 1500-1900
  4. Family, Work and School, 1500-1900
  5. Children, Philanthropy and the State in Europe, 1500-1860
  6. Saving the Children, 1830-1920
  7. 'The Century of the Child?'
  8. Conclusion
  9. Guide to Further Reading

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780582784536
Author:
Cunningham, Hugh
Publisher:
Routledge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Studies in Modern History
Publication Date:
August 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6.1 x 0.6 in 390 gr

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , How different is the lifestyle of children today from that 500 years ago? To what extent has the parent-child dynamic altered? Hugh Cunnigham investigates the diverse experiences of Western children throughout the centuries.

  • A classic definitive work by a major scholar, this book is a market leader in its field
  • Illustrations in a new plate section will bring the text alive for readers
  • Tells a clear engaging story rather than just being a dull sequence of thematic chapters
  • Integration of discussion of cruelty to children, delinquency and crime makes the book extremely topical ¿ in fact the book has been updated throughout to take account of current affairs and the 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 includes Anne Franks
  • Social and cultural history has increased in popularity over the decade since the last edition was published

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