The Campaign for School Meals in Edwardian Scotland

John Stewart

in Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780853236764
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781846312816 | DOI:
The Campaign for School Meals in Edwardian Scotland

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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

Chapter.  8324 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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