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The Moral Project of Childhood

Motherhood, Material Life, and Early Children's Consumer Culture

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The Moral Project of Childhood by Daniel Thomas Cook
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Examines the Protestant origins of motherhood and the child consumer Throughout history, the responsibility for children's moral well-being has fallen into the laps of mothers. In The Moral Project of Childhood, the noted childhood studies scholar Daniel Thomas Cook illustrates how mothers in the nineteenth-century United States meticulously managed their children's needs and wants, pleasures and pains, through the material world so as to produce the "child" as a moral project. Drawing on a century of religiously-oriented child care advice in women's periodicals, he examines how children ultimately came to be understood by mothers-and later, by commercial actors-as consumers. From concerns about taste, to forms of discipline and punishment, to play and toys, Cook delves into the social politics of motherhood, historical anxieties about childhood, and early children's consumer culture. An engaging read, The Moral Project of Childhood provides a rich cultural history of childhood.

Author Biography

Daniel Thomas Cook is Professor of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University-Camden and author of The Commodification of Childhood: The Children's Clothing Industry and the Rise of the Child Consumer.
Release date NZ
February 18th, 2020
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
New York University Press
Pages
256
ISBN-13
9781479810260
Product ID
30446302

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