Centuries of Childhood
Pimlico, 1996 - 414 oldal
In this pioneering and important book, Philippe Aries surveys children and their place in family life from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century. The first section of the book explores the gradual change from the medieval attitude to children, looked upon as small adults as soon as they were past infancy, to the seventeenth and eighteenth century awareness of the child as the focal point of family life. Aries goes on to examine the schooling of children and the development of modern educational methods. In the second section, he describes the metamorphosis of the family: at first the family was a unit in which everything was open and public and children mingled with adults in the social life of the community; eventually the family become a closed or private society, within which children had a unique and important status.
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If the seventeenth century brought the new concept of childhood, then hot on its
heels the eighteenth century brought the new concept of the family. Once you
invent the child you need something — like a school or a family — to contain it (
The idea of childish innocence resulted in two kinds of attitude and behaviour
towards childhood: firstly, safeguarding it against pollution by life, and particularly
by the sexuality tolerated if not approved of among adults; and secondly, ...
Once he had passed the age of five or seven, the child was immediately
absorbed into the world of adults : this concept of a brief childhood lasted for a
long time in the lower classes. The moralists and pedagogues of the seventeenth
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