A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Modern Age

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Modern Age

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Few people living in 1900 could have imagined what life would be like for children and families by the start of the 21st century. The 20th century brought improved nutrition, widespread immunization, lower mortality rates, greater access to schooling, more opportunities for communication and learning, and better legal protection for children. However, these achievements should be balanced by a recognition of the failure to protect and promote "the best interests of the child" and the family over this period. Wars, economic depression, exploitation, commodification, abuse, and discrimination - on the basis of ethnicity, race, gender, and class - all damaged children and families in the 20th century.

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Modern Age presents essays on family relationships, community, economy, geography and the environment, education, life cycle, the state, faith and religion, health and science, and world contexts.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 169 x 244 x 15.24mm | 572g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 36 bw illus
  • 1472554728
  • 9781472554727
  • 1,000,184

Table of contents

General Editors' Preface

Joseph M. Hawes, University of Memphis, USA and N. Ray Hiner, University of Kansas, USA

1 Family Relationships
David Barrett and Maria Kukhareva, both University of Bedfordshire, UK

2 Community
Mona Gleason and Veronica Strong-Boag, both University of British Columbia, Canada

3 Economy
Lisa Jacobson and Erika Rappaport, both University of California-Santa Barbara, USA

4 Environment
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Iowa State University, USA

5 Education
William J. Reese, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

6 Life Cycle
Katherine Jellison, Ohio University, USA

7 The State
Kriste Lindenmeyer, University of Maryland, USA and Jeanine Graham, University of Waikato, New Zealand

8 Faith and Religion
Jon Pahl, Lutheran Theological Seminar at Philadelphia, USA

9 Health and Science
Doug Imig and Frances Wright, both University of Memphis, USA

10 World Contexts
Jeanine Graham, University of Waikato, New Zealand

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About Joseph M. Hawes

Joseph M. Hawes is Professor Emeritus at the University of Memphis, USA.

N. Ray Hiner is Professor Emeritus of History and Education at the University of Kansas, USA.Together, they are co-editors of Growing Up in America: Children in Historical Perspective; American Childhood: A Research Guide and Historical Handbook; and Children in Historical and Comparative Perspective: An International Handbook and Research Guide. Joseph Hawes' most recent works include Family and Society in American History and Family in American Society, an Encyclopedia.
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