Some orders may be delayed by the current Coronavirus lockdown.
Visit our help page for further information.
The Moral Project of Childhood: Motherhood, Material Life, and Early Children's Consumer Culture (Paperback)
  • The Moral Project of Childhood: Motherhood, Material Life, and Early Children's Consumer Culture (Paperback)
zoom

The Moral Project of Childhood: Motherhood, Material Life, and Early Children's Consumer Culture (Paperback)

(author)
£23.99
Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 18/02/2020
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket

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.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9781479810260
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The Moral Project of Childhood is a thoughtful and ambitious book that takes on some of the received wisdom about the historical trajectories of childhood and children's consumption. Daniel Thomas Cook advances a new theory that achieves what previous scholars could not: a historically embedded account of how the modern-day child consumer is not a sharp break with 19th century understandings of childhood, but instead a continuation."
"Cook makes a timely and exciting intervention into questions of value, providing stimulating insights into the tempestuous moral project of childhood. Examining 19th-century Anglo-American 'mother's magazines', he argues persuasively against the treatment of consumption as an intervention into 'pre-capitalist childhood'. By adeptly charting the co-constitutive logic of capital and childhood, and the weighty accountability this entails for mothers and motherhood, he offers a lens through which to view the making and exclusive idealization of middle-class White childhoods which resonate to this day. The book asks not just who is a 'child', but when and how bodies are made into children, urging us to interrogate the way contests over childhood are profoundly implicated in affective, moral, and economic valuations."

You may also be interested in...

Happy City
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Proud
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Secret History of the World
Added to basket
Orientalism
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Added to basket
Autobiography of Malcolm X
Added to basket
London
Added to basket
£25.00
Paperback
The Velvet Rage
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Gender Trouble
Added to basket
£20.99
Paperback
Empire of the Summer Moon
Added to basket
The History of Sexuality: 1
Added to basket
The Second Sex
Added to basket
Bad Blood
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Beauty Myth
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.