Child, Nation, Race and Empire: Child Rescue Discourse, England, Canada and Australia, 1850-1915

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This book is an innovative, inter-disciplinary, cross cultural study that contributes to understandings of both contemporary child welfare practices and the complex dynamics of empire.
 
It analyzes the construction and transmission of nineteenth-century British child rescue ideology. Locating the origins of contemporary practice in the publications of the prominent English Child rescuers, Dr Barnardo, Thomas Bowman Stephenson, ...

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Overview

This book is an innovative, inter-disciplinary, cross cultural study that contributes to understandings of both contemporary child welfare practices and the complex dynamics of empire.
 
It analyzes the construction and transmission of nineteenth-century British child rescue ideology. Locating the origins of contemporary practice in the publications of the prominent English Child rescuers, Dr Barnardo, Thomas Bowman Stephenson, Benjamin Waugh, Edward de Montjoie Rudolf and their colonial disciples and literature written for children, it shows how the vulnerable body of the child at risk came to be reconstituted as central to the survival of nation, race and empire.
 
Yet, as the shocking testimony before the many official enquiries into the past treatment of children in out-of-home ‘care’ held in Britain, Ireland, Australia and Canada make clear, there was no guarantee that the rescued child would be protected from further harm.

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"This study finds much to condemn in the child removal system, but the authors also caution against resorting to simplistic solutions to complex problems. Summing Up: Recommended." - CHOICE

"The authors bring to their analysis an imposing and impressive weight of research - they have immersed themselves deeply in the prose, poetry, and pictures of the rescue narrative, and establish the key elements in it." - Hugh Cunningham, University of Kent, Victorian Studies Review

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  • ISBN-13: 9780719078941
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Margot Hillel is a Professor and Head of School at Australian Catholic University. Shurlee Swain is a Professor at Australian Catholic University and a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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Table of Contents

Contents
• List of figures
• Preface
• List of abbreviations
• The child as citizen
• The gospel of child rescue
• The body of the child
• The body of the nation
• The salvation of the race
• The salvation of the empire 
• A new orthodoxy in child protection practice
• Lost, stolen or forgotten: the legacy of the survivors
• Bibliography

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