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The Mind of the ChildChild Development in Literature, Science, and Medicine, 1840-1900$
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Sally Shuttleworth

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582563.001.0001

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Child Study in the 1890s

Child Study in the 1890s

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(p.267) 14 Child Study in the 1890s
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The Mind of the Child
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Shuttleworth Sally

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582563.003.0015

This chapter examines changes in the conception of the child as the bearer of the future in England during the 1890s. This development was highlighted in Alexander Chamberlain's The Child: A Study in the Evolution of Man. This novel portrayed the child as the embodiment both of all past history and an expression of future possibility and the child becomes the key to self-understanding, to a realm of a lost past, and also the guarantee of a more positive future. Similar sentiments can also be found in Stanley Hall's Adolescence.

Keywords:   child study, England, Alexander Chamberlain, future, self-understanding, Stanley Hall, Adolescence

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