English children's work during the Second World War
- Paperback / softback, 328 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
- 13 Apr 2011
- Institute of Education
Berry Mayall is Professor of Childhood Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has worked for many years on research projects studying the daily lives of children and their parents.
Virginia Morrow was Reader in Childhood Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London until 2010. She is currently Senior Research Officer in the Department of International Development, University of Oxford.
1 Starting points
2 Children in social thought between the wars
3 Earners or learners? Work and school 1900-1939
4 Children in wartime
5 Younger children’s work: Doing their bit
6 Bringing in the harvest
7 Older children’s work: Serving their country
8 Children in organisations: Working for freedom
9 Closing points
Think of children and the Second World War, and evacuation comes immediately to mind. Berry Mayall and Virginia Morrow have a different story to tell, one in which all the children of the nation were encouraged to contribute to the war effort.
Another major contribution to the sociology of childhood by two pioneers in the field.
In raising questions about the nature of children/childhood, this is a timely, relevant, and accessibly written book, and is an ideal text for students in education, history, and sociology.
I will certainly add it to my student reading list.
...Berry Mayall and Virginia Morrow have given us an astute, exhaustively researched book that establishes the 'starting line' for work on post-war childhood in Western societies.
Their discussion has resonance beyond the specific example of England during a certain time in history. The links drawn between work and schooling in the war have relevance for contemporary policy debates on the nexus between schooling and child work/labour, in both Western and Eastern countries and on issues of children as participants and citizens, able to make valuable contributions to their communities.
... a fascinating account, putting it into a sociological, historical and political context.
...extends our understanding about children in wartime by showing what was expected of them - and, for most, childhood was over by 14 - when Britain was at war.
'... succeeds in enriching both the view of childhood and the life of the child during the Second World War... inspiring the reader to further critical scrutiny of present-day notions of childhood.'