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Raising a Family

Peter Robb

in Sentiment and Self

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198075127
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075127.003.0005
Raising a Family

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Part Two of this book places more emphasis on the means of constructing identity in the English context, again in ironic juxtaposition with practice. It focuses on the children in the Blechynden household, using not only Richard's diary but also the shorter diary of his son Arthur. A popular sentiment was that bibis could be reformed but children must be formed. A practical application of this sentiment was to shape them, through nurture, education, and socialization, according to the English ways of life. These principles were in the process of evolving and were closely and overtly associated with the development of British character and the creation of a British empire. This chapter discusses paternal love, sending the children home, and other aspects of raising a family.

Keywords: Arthur Blechynden; English identity; British character; family

Chapter.  9214 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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