Child Study in the 1890s

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI:
Child Study in the 1890s

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This chapter examines changes in the conception of the child as the bearer of the future in England during the 1890s. This development was highlighted in Alexander Chamberlain's The Child: A Study in the Evolution of Man. This novel portrayed the child as the embodiment both of all past history and an expression of future possibility and the child becomes the key to self-understanding, to a realm of a lost past, and also the guarantee of a more positive future. Similar sentiments can also be found in Stanley Hall's Adolescence.

Keywords: child study; England; Alexander Chamberlain; future; self-understanding; Stanley Hall; Adolescence

Chapter.  9613 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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