Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life
Vintage Books, 1965 - 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. Aries traces the evolution of the concept of childhood from the end of the Middle Ages, when the child was regarded as a small adult, to the present child-centered society, by means of diaries, paintings, games, and school 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. Translated from the French by Robert Baldick.
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A strange child , this bad lad who was ' so perverse and wicked that he would not
learn a trade or behave as was fitting in childhood . . . he kept company with
greedy , idle folk who often started brawls in taverns and brothels , and he never
Everything in fact would seem to suggest that the realistic representation of
children or the idealization of childhood , its grace and rounded charms , was
confined to Greek art . Little Eroses proliferated in the Hellenistic period , but
M . de Grenaille continues : ' It must not be imagined that when one speaks of
childhood one is always speaking of something weak ; on the contrary , I am
going to show here that a condition which certain people consider contemptible
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THE AGES OF LIFE
THE DISCOVERY OF CHILDHOOD
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