Experiments on Babies

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI:
Experiments on Babies

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This chapter examines the emergence of the baby show in England during the 19th century as the cultural dimension of the rise of the scientific interest in the baby. The first major baby show was held in Woolwich in July 1869, which drew extensive press coverage. The emergence of the baby show as a disturbing cultural phenomenon occurred at the time of the very height of concern about ‘baby farming’, and newspapers and periodicals were quick to pick up on the parallels.

Keywords: baby show; England; Woolwich; infant development; baby farming

Chapter.  4752 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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