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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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The Campaign for School Meals in Edwardian Scotland

The Campaign for School Meals in Edwardian Scotland

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(p.174) 8 The Campaign for School Meals in Edwardian Scotland
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Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives
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John Stewart

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236764.003.0009

This chapter discusses the politics of school meal provision in Scotland, demonstrating how groups hostile to state intervention were able to secure the exclusion of Scotland from the 1906 School Meals Act. The debate over school meals in Edwardian Scotland emphasises the highly contested link between the child, the family, and the nation-state, which was the very subject matter of child welfare policy. The Edwardian debates over child welfare were affected by socialism. The 1906 Education (Provision of Meals) Act and the 1908 Education (Scotland) Bill are described in detail. The data on the campaign for school meals in Edwardian Scotland generally exhibited a complex series of interrelated and interacting factors. Voluntarism promoted a particular view of the role and purpose of social welfare based on the centrality of individual responsibility.

Keywords:   school meal provision, Edwardian Scotland, School Meals Act, child, family, nation-state, child welfare policy, voluntarism, Education (Scotland) Bill

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