Class Issues

Class Issues

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As nineteenth-century Britain became increasingly urbanized and industrialized, the number of children living in towns grew rapidly. At the same time, Horn considers the increasing divisions within urban society, not only between market towns and major manufacturing and trading centers, but within individual towns, as rich and poor became more segregated. During the Victorian period, public attitudes toward children and childhood shifted dramatically, often to the detriment of those at the lower end of the social scale--including paupers and juvenile delinquents. Drawing on original research, including anecdotes, first-hand accounts, and a wealth of photographs, The Victorian Town Child describes in detail the changing lives of all classes of Victorian town children, from those of prosperous business and professional families to working-class families, where unemployment and overcrowding were particular problems. Horn also examines the issues of juvenile labor and exploitation, how factory work and education were combined, how crime and punishment were dealt with among children, and the changes in health and infant death rates over the period.The essay takes the form of two brief anecdotes from our experiences in the classroom, and a dialogue between the two of us as we ... Comparing notes with other teachers, we argue, is vital to making sense of the often lonely and exciting work we do in the classroom. ... Wal-Mart, but from the ramshackle neighborhoods by the train tracks where I lived when I taught at College, the light seemed to signalanbsp;...

Title:Class Issues
Author:Amitava Kumar
Publisher:NYU Press - 1997-08-01


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