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A Thing of the Past?: Child Labour in Britain 1800 to the Present

Michael Lavalette


Michael Lavalette’s A Thing of the Past? uses historical and sociological research to provide multiple interpretations of the changing nature and form of child labour in Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book itself is split into three parts, The Theoretical Context of Child Labour Research; Child Labour in British History; and Contemporary Issues, and features chapters that emphasise the effect of the Industrial Revolution and capitalism on the marginalisation of children within the labour process, and analyses the significance of child ‘employment’ in society today. ... More

Keywords: British History, American History, Child Welfare, Social Science, Children’s Studies, Child Labour, Child Sociology

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Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780853236344
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236344.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Lavalette, editor

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Part 1 The Theoretical Context of Child Labour Research

2 Theorizing Children at Work

Michael Lavalette

Part 2 Child Labour in British History

3 Child Labour and British Industrialization

Sara Horrell and Jane Humphries

Part 3 Contemporary Issues

9 Honoured in the Breach

David Cornwell, Katya Graham and Sandy Hobbs


Michael Lavalette

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