Parenting and the State in Britain and Europe, c. 1870-1950: by Hester Barron, Claudia Siebrecht

By Hester Barron, Claudia Siebrecht

This cutting edge assortment attracts on unique study to discover the dynamic interactions among mom and dad, governments and their representatives throughout a number of eu contexts; from democratic Britain and Finland, to Stalinist Russia and Fascist Italy. The authors pay shut cognizance to a few of the relationships and dynamics among mom and dad and the kingdom, exhibiting that the various events have been outlined now not completely via coercion or manipulation, but additionally via collaboration and negotiation. mom and dad weren't passive recipients of presidency path: rituals and cultures of parenting might either verify and undermine kingdom politics. Readers will locate this assortment the most important to knowing kinfolk existence and the position of the country in the course of a interval whilst either underwent major switch.

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This culture of citizenship was demanding for adult men and women. 41 Lone parents were part of a larger, shifting group of the most disadvantaged parents who often lacked the time, money and moral status to shape their children’s care with the authority that came to be expected of parents. 42 The state’s nascent engagement in social welfare before the First World War was weak, hesitant and locally founded. The practices and institutions that moulded working-class children were determined more fundamentally by the priorities, identities and power of working-class fathers and mothers than by the state’s own coherent aims.

9. D. Runciman (2011) ‘A Theoretical Overview’, in Q.  4. 10. J. Nautz, P. Ginsborg and T. Nijhuis (eds) (2013) The Golden Chain. Family, Civil Society and the State (New York and Oxford: Berghahn). 11.  Jackson (2003) ‘Care or Control?  626. 12. E.  440–63. 13.  Brokamp (2001) Die Verrechtlichung der Eltern-Kind Beziehung in hundert Jahren BGB (Bielefeld: Verlag Ernst und Werner Gieseking), p.  9. 14.  188. 15.  171. 16. N.  11. 17.  31. INTRODUCTION: RAISING THE NATION 21 18.  298. 19.  3.  Allen (1991) Feminism and Motherhood in Germany, 1800–1914 (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press), pp.

Within twenty years of its publication over two hundred thousand copies had been sold. In this account, parents raised children within these idealised domestic castles not as a defensive act against threatening authorities, but with the approval and encouragement of a benevolent state. Yet, in the same decades that this vision of the harmonious building of a domesticated nation through the shared efforts of the state and its parents was promoted, the state’s class-specific engagement with the raising of children was more penetrating than ever before.

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