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Centuries of Irish childhoods

Hay, Marnie orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-7802-2096 (2020) Centuries of Irish childhoods. Irish Economic and Social History, 47 . pp. 3-9. ISSN 0332-4893

This article serves as an introduction to a special issue of Irish Economic and Social History (Vol. 47) that illuminates the diversity of childhoods experienced by children growing up in Ireland and in the Irish diaspora between the mid sixteenth and the early twentieth centuries. The article explores the development of the history of children and childhood in Ireland as a growing area of academic enquiry and discusses the problems and challenges associated with studying children and childhood in the past. It also contextualises the articles included in the special issue of the journal, which demonstrate how age, class, gender, geography, religion and ethnicity combined with adult control to influence the lives of children ranging from infancy to early adolescence. Adult control was reflected in decisions made regarding the feeding, fostering, educating, employing, entertaining and punishing of children. Such decisions could have lifelong consequences for the children concerned. This introductory article highlights the central role of adults in influencing, controlling and representing children's lives but also provides insight into the diverse experiences of Irish childhoods during the centuries.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:history of children; history of childhood; Irish childhood; Irish children
Subjects:Humanities > History
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of History and Geography
Publisher:Sage Publishing/ Economic and Social History Society of Ireland
Official URL:https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0332489320950077
Copyright Information:© 2020 The Author
ID Code:27397
Deposited On:26 Jul 2022 16:03 by Marnie Hay . Last Modified 26 Jul 2022 16:03

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