Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life
Vintage Books, 1962 - 447 oldal
"The theme of this extraordinary book is the evolution of the modern conception of family life and the modern image of the nature of children. The discovery of childhood as a distinct phase of life, M. Aries shows, is a recent event in Western Man's development. Until the end of the Middle Ages, the child was, almost as soon as he was weaned, regarded as a small adult who mingled, competed, worked, and played with mature adults. Only gradually did parents begin to encourage the separation of adults and children and develop a new family attitude, oriented around the child and his education. M. Aries traces this metamorphosis through the paintings and diaries of four centuries, and through the history of games and skills and the development of schools and their curricula. Ironically, he finds that individualism, far from triumphing in our time, has been held in check by the family, and that the increasing power of the tightly-knit family circle has flourished at the expense of the rich-textured communal society of earlier times."--Jacket.
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An authority accordingly had to be imposed on these excessively independent
masters : ' It was in order to counter these drawbacks that a rector was appointed
, and all the lessons , exercises and studies placed under his control . ' But the ...
The authorities soon stopped imposing the duty of watching and reporting on all
and sundry , however . From the ... Their authority was sanctioned by their right to
inform , failing the right to punish , which was confined to the masters . This was ...
It was felt in fact that this early experience of command could foster a sense of
authority and its responsibilities in a future leader of men . However , how could
he assert his authority over his schoolmates if he was deprived of the sanction ...
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I can't remember when I first picked up this book, but it's one that made a deep impression on me because back in my teens I had little appreciation for how deeply alien the past can be. This book is ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása
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