From Micro- to Macro-: Individuals and the Big Picture

in The Unwanted Child

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226317274
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226317298 | DOI:
From Micro- to Macro-: Individuals and the Big Picture

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The previous chapters illustrated the circulation of unwanted children from the distinct—and in some ways unique—perspectives of six historical individuals. This chapter assesses the general lessons drawn from these stories, first by using them to develop a new framework for analysis of such diverse historical experiences, and second by probing them as valuable source material for postulating some general patterns and cross-cultural comparisons about the overall social significance of child circulation and informal fostering.

Keywords: unwanted children; child circulation; informal fostering

Chapter.  9568 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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