- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (14 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0563493909
- ISBN-13: 978-0563493907
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Invention of Childhood Hardcover – 14 Sep 2006
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Well written and authoratitive.
The accompanying short play by Morpurgo, which serves as a summary of some of the themes of the main work, is of interest for its subservience to, and propagation of, the myth of 'progress' that is fed to the young.
The most notable aspect of 'The Invention of Childhood' is perhaps that, as description (rather than critique), its tendency is to ignore the various actors/groups that have played a part in suborning the concept of 'childhood' for their own purposes, and the intentional or unwitting effect that this has had for the concept in contemporary culture.
Hence, while a useful introduction for the general public (accustomed to viewing 'childhood' as some sort of natural, inevitable, status), readers are encouraged to take a more critical look at its political deployment, sharply detailed in such works as Phillipe Aries' classic Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life: A Social History of Family Life and Judith Levine's Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex; and should certainly read Tony Duvert's ...Read more ›
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Good reading material for all budding Nanny McFees, as one of our brood hopes to be.Published 13 months ago by GlosMikeP
It does go on a bit... Perhaps too much social context (which is interesting knowledge) is discussed. The links to children and childhood come almost as an after thought.Published 20 months ago by s. vandemeulebroucke
I'm studying Childhood studies and I used this book for a different childhoods module, it is a great read and the book really helped me gain a better insight into what childhood... Read morePublished on 29 July 2013 by Netta
A very useful book giving background information for students of the care and education of children under the New Poor Law.Published on 14 Jan. 2013 by Mr. P. F. Shipman
A fascinating study of how childhood has been perceived and created throughout the ages. It is well written and thought provoking, compared to modern day child care.Published on 9 Jan. 2013 by SMH Davies