Childhood Transformed: Working-Class Children in Nineteenth-Century England

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Childhood Transformed provides a pioneering study of the remarkable shift in the nature of working-class childhood in the nineteenth century from lives dominated by work to lives centered around school. The author argues that this change was accompanied by substantial improvements for many in the home environment, in health and nutrition, and in leisure opportunities. The book breaks new ground in providing a wide-ranging survey of different aspects of childhood in the Victorian period, the early chapters ...
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Childhood Transformed provides a pioneering study of the remarkable shift in the nature of working-class childhood in the nineteenth century from lives dominated by work to lives centered around school. The author argues that this change was accompanied by substantial improvements for many in the home environment, in health and nutrition, and in leisure opportunities. The book breaks new ground in providing a wide-ranging survey of different aspects of childhood in the Victorian period, the early chapters examining life at work in agriculture and industry, in the home and elsewhere, while the later chapters discuss the coming of compulsory education, together with changes in the home and in leisure activities. A separate section of the book is devoted to the treatment of deprived children, those in and out of the workhouse, on the streets, and also in prison, industrial schools and reformatories. Offering a fresh and more focused approach to the history of working-class children, this book should be of interest to all lecturers and students of nineteenth-century social history.
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A study of the shift from work to school in working-class childhood in the 19th century. Hopkins (economic and social history, U. of Birmingham) argues that this change was accompanied by improvements for many in health, nutrition, and leisure. He examines children's work in agriculture and industry, compulsory education, and the children's treatment in workhouses, prisons, industrial schools, and reformatories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780719038679
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Prologue: Changing attitudes to children in early nineteenth-century England 1
Pt. I Working conditions to 1867 9
Ch. 1 Agriculture and workshop industry 11
Ch. 2 Iron manufacture, mining, and other industries 42
Ch. 3 The factory system and the mid-century work situation reviewed 73
Pt. II Home, school and church before 1867 99
Ch. 4 Children at home 101
Ch. 5 Education and religious observance 128
Pt. III Deprived children, 1800-1914 159
Ch. 6 Children and the Poor Law 161
Ch. 7 Street children, waifs and strays, and criminal children 192
Pt. IV Further reform, 1867-1914 217
Ch. 8 Work and school after 1867 219
Ch. 9 The home environment 264
Ch. 10 Leisure activities 291
Conclusions and observations 312
Bibliography 323
Index 334
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