Childhood and Public Law before the Revolution
This chapter argues that recent changes in law were a delayed reaction to changes in the social meaning of adolescence throughout the twentieth century. It begins by describing briefly the institutions and mission of the child-saving movement at the turn of the century, passing next to the theory of youth that supported these reforms, the “jurisprudence of juvenility.” Finally, it surveys the changes in the social meanings of adolescence that forced the legal reforms of recent years.
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