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Childhood in Question
explores 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.
Childhood in question brings together some of today's foremost writers working on the history of childhood.
This work tackles the emotions of children themselves to explore the historical development of childhood experience. It raises issues about previous historical and sociological approaches to the question of childhood.
About the Author
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
Introduction * What is a Child?--Anna Davin * Children's Deaths in the Seventeenth Century--Ralph Houlbrooke * Silent Witnesses? Children and the Breakdown of Domestic and Social Order in Early Modern England * 'A denial of innocence': Female Juvenile Victims of Rape and the English Legal System in the Eighteenth Century * Home, Play and Street Life: Causes of, and Explanations for, Juvenile Crime in the Early Nineteenth Century--Heather Shore * Parental-Child Separation and Colonial Careers: The Talbot Family Correspondence in the 1880s and 1890s--Elizabeth Buettner * Family, Community and the Regulation of Child Sex Abuse: London 1870-1914--Louise Jackson * Homeless, Destitute and Neglected: Children's Experience of Welfare in Modern Scotland--Lynn Abrams