Concerning Children

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Concerning Children reflects her innovative thinking on the social and economic construction of motherhood. In this volume, she takes on American society at its core principles: the betterment of our society through the development of our children. Gilman attacks our conventional model of child rearing, one based on obedience and discipline, rather than on the development of creativity and individuality. She responds to popular practices such as the corporal punishment of children, and ...

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Overview

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Concerning Children reflects her innovative thinking on the social and economic construction of motherhood. In this volume, she takes on American society at its core principles: the betterment of our society through the development of our children. Gilman attacks our conventional model of child rearing, one based on obedience and discipline, rather than on the development of creativity and individuality. She responds to popular practices such as the corporal punishment of children, and proposes new and radical ways of child-rearing including social motherhood, which frees women to pursue careers. Presciently observing more than a century ago that it takes an entire village to raise a child, Gilman's Concerning Children is a must-read for anyone interested in gender and family studies.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781143180194
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2010
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 0.65 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 9.69 (d)

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an American writer and feminist theorist. Among her works are The Home, His Religion and Hers, and 'The Yellow Wallpaper'. Michael Kimmel is Professor of Sociology at State University of New York, Stony Brook.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the AltaMira Press Edition
I The Precious Ten 3
II The Effect of Minding on the Mind 25
III Two and Two Together 46
IV The Burnt Child dreads the Slipper 70
V Teachable Ethics 96
VI A Place for Children 118
VII Unconscious Schooling 139
VIII Presumptuous Age 156
IX The Respect due to Youth 169
X Too Much Consideration 183
XI Six Mothers 200
XII Meditations on the Nurse-maid 212
XIII Children and Servants 233
XIV Mothers, Natural and Unnatural 255
XV Social Parentage 278
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