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Poor laws and schooling in Stockholm
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2013 (English)In: History of Education Review, ISSN 0819-8691, Vol. 42, no 1, 40-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article utilizes illustrative examples from the industrialisation period in Sweden to analyse the interlace between poor legislation and school legislation. It deals with how state regulation and societal transformations intervened in the lives of poor children and their parents. In particular, this article examines how collaboration between schools and poor relief resulted in normative judgements about their social inclusion and exclusion. Overall, the article illuminates a new era in the history of social policy, an epoch when old assumptions were abandoned and fresh links were forged between industrialisation, national economics, education, gender relations, and social welfare. These changes are clarified not only by reference to nineteenth century sources but also to national and international research, and ideas about capital and gender relations associated with, among others, Hannah Arendt and Pierre Bourdieu.The study illustrates how and why the official public spirit affects children and why understandings of this relationship need to be broadened as well as deepened.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013. Vol. 42, no 1, 40-54 p.
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Poverty, industrialisation, poor laws, schooling, childhood, education, gender
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-66922OAI: diva2:609803
Available from: 2013-03-07 Created: 2013-03-07 Last updated: 2014-04-30Bibliographically approved

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