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Pedagogy, Printing and Protestantism: The Discourse on Childhood
     

Pedagogy, Printing and Protestantism: The Discourse on Childhood

by Carmen Luke
 

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Using Foucault’s history of discourse, this book examines the relationship between the invention of the printing press and the evolution of concepts regarding childhood and schooling. It is an interdisciplinary study of schooling, childhood, literacy, and protestantism in 16th-century Germany. Luke traces the agenda for the rearing and education of the young as

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Using Foucault’s history of discourse, this book examines the relationship between the invention of the printing press and the evolution of concepts regarding childhood and schooling. It is an interdisciplinary study of schooling, childhood, literacy, and protestantism in 16th-century Germany. Luke traces the agenda for the rearing and education of the young as outlined by the Protestant reformers and popularized by the advent of printing. Luther’s print-based religious campaign led to his call for universal public schooling to promote literacy — a fundamental requirement of the new theology. Luke identifies the development of an emergent discourse on childhood in the reformer’s tracts, school ordinances, personal correspondences, conduct, and household and medical guides. From a Foucauldian archeological perspective, then, Pedogogy, Printing, and Protestantism examines the conditions that enabled the emergence of early modern discourse on childhood.

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“The author’s creativity lies in bringing Foucault’s perspective to bear on the convergence of many forces in 15th and 16th century Europe.” — Clifford Hill, Columbia University
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Examines current methods and promising new techniques for assessing and managing pain in infants, children, and adolescents. An international group of clinicians, nurses, and researchers highlight recent achievements in designing tools for measuring pain in children and developing pharmacological and behavioral strategies for controlling acute pain, chronic nonmalignant pain, and cancer pain. Luke applies Foucault's method of discursive analysis to the history of childhood, in this case in 16th century Germany, and argues that Martin Luther's call for public schools to promote the literacy necessary for the new theology, and the contemporaneous development of the printing press, led to a widespread reconceptualization of childhood and education. Paperback edition ($12.95) not seen. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791400036
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1989
Series:
SUNY series, The Philosophy of Education Series
Pages:
171

Meet the Author

Carmen Luke is Lecturer in Educational Sociology and Communications at James Cook University of North Queensland.

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