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Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives$
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Jon Lawrence and Pat Starkey

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236764

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312816

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Introduction: Child Welfare and Social Action

Introduction: Child Welfare and Social Action

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Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives

Jon Lawrence

Pat Starkey

Liverpool University Press

This book explores a key field of research into the history of childhood and child welfare. The first section investigates the ways in which notions of ‘delinquency’ have been, and remain, heavily gendered and the second addresses child emigration. The third section focuses on the responses of children's charities and other voluntary agencies both to the late Victorian urge to celebrate the innocence of ‘childhood’ and to the growing willingness of the state to assume quasi-parental authority over children in the name of the ‘national interest’. The final section examines the issue of state intervention in family life, and hence in child welfare, during the twentieth century. An overview of the chapters included in the book is then given.

Keywords:   childhood, child welfare, delinquency, children's charities, voluntary agencies, state intervention, family

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