Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World

Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World

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Age was a critical factor in shaping imperial experience, yet it has not received any sustained scholarly attention. This pioneering interdisciplinary collection is the first to investigate the lives of children and young people and the construction of modes of childhood and youth within the British world.

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ISBN-13: 9781137489401
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 12/27/2015
Series: Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Shurlee Swain, Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. Suzanne Conway, Chestnut Hill College, USA. S.E. Duff, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Ellen Filor, Indepdendent Scholar, UK. Claire L. Halstead, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Timothy Nicholson, State University of New York at Delhi, USA. Satadru Sen, Queens College of the City of New York, USA. Mary Clare Martin, University of Greenwich, UK. Michelle J. Smith, Deakin University, Australia. Hilary Emmett, University of East Anglia, UK. Yorick Smaal, Griffith University, Australia. Melissa Bellanta, Australian Catholic University in Sydney, Australia. Ruth Colton, University of Manchester, UK. Kate Darian-Smith, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The World in Miniature; Simon Sleight and Shirleene Robinson
1. A Motherly Concern for Children: Invocations of Queen Victoria in Imperial Child Rescue Literature; Shurlee Swain
2. Ayah, Caregiver to Anglo-Indian Children c. 1750–1947; Suzanne Conway
3. Babies of the Empire: Science, Nation, and Truby King ' 's Mothercraft in Early Twentieth-Century South Africa; S.E. Duff
4. ' 'He is Hardened to the Climate and a Little Bleached by it ' 's [sic] Influence ' ': Imperial Childhoods in Scotland and Madras, c. 1800–1830; Ellen Filor
5. ' 'Dear Mummy and Daddy ' ': Reading Wartime Letters from British Children Evacuated to Canada During the Second World War; Claire L. Halstead
6. East African Students in a (Post-)Imperial World; Timothy Nicholson
7. Resistance and Race: Aboriginal Child Workers in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth- Century Australia; Shirleene Robinson
8. Health, Race and Family in Colonial Bengal; Satadru Sen
9. Race, Indigeneity and the Baden-Powell Girl Guides: Age, Gender and the British World, 1908–1920; Mary Clare Martin
10. Transforming Narratives of Colonial Danger: Imagining the Environments of New Zealand and Australia in Children ' 's Literature, 1862–1899; Michelle J. Smith
11. The ' 'Willful ' ' Girl in the Anglo-World: Sentimental Heroines and Wild Colonial Girls, 1872–1923; Hilary Emmett
12. Youth and Homosex: Danger and Possibility in Queensland, 1890–1914; Yorick Smaal
13. Leery Sue Goes to the Show: Popular Performance, Sexuality and the Disorderly Girl; Melissa Bellanta
14. Savage Instincts, Civilizing Spaces: The Child, the Empire and the Public Park, c. 1880–1914; Ruth Colton
15. Memorializing Colonial Childhoods: From the Frontier to the Museum; Kate Darian-Smith

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"This wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection breaks new ground both geographically and methodologically. Its chapters present important new research on youth organizations, mobility, sexuality, public space, war, health, education, and more this is a must-read for historians of childhood and youth, imperialism, and the British world." - Kristine Alexander, The University of Lethbridge, Canada

"This book expands knowledge by bridging between the fields of colonial and imperial history, and the history of childhood and youth. With contributions from some of the leading authorities now writing, this fascinating collection of essays covers a range of historical settings across the 'British world'. Its contributors grapple productively with the challenge of analyzing the patterns and processes through which children's lives were represented, and the ideological work performed by childhood. The collection builds upon an important, new research agenda by demonstrating the significance of histories of children and childhood to histories of the British Empire." David Pomfret, University of Hong Kong

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