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Drawing on personal, historical, sociological, psychoanalytic, literary and artistic sources, this compelling book explores the tensions and contradictions implicit in notions of children and childhood. It examines how children can at once represent innocence, beauty and hope, while at the same time are neglected, disenfranchised and abused. Wide-ranging and provocative, this exploration of what 'the child' means, and has meant, to adults, will appeal to students and professionals across many disciplines, as well as to the interested general reader.
DIANA GITTINS worked in higher education for many years, teaching sociology, social history and women's studies, and is a writer and poet. She has written two works of non-fiction (Fair Sex and The Family in Question) and one collection of poetry ( Dance of the Sheet). In 1993 she was a Hawthornden Fellow. Currently she is Research Fellow at the University of Essex