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Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood

Constructions of the Irish Child in the Independence Period, 1910-1940

Editors: Boylan, Ciara, Gallagher, Ciara (Eds.)

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  • Opens up scholarship on Irish children and childhood during a pivotal period in Ireland’s history, when political independence was achieved
  • Considers how children were constructed as part of the idealisation and consolidation of the state before and after its foundation
  • Addresses an overlooked period in Irish children’s history, approaching it from a uniquely interdisciplinary perspective
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This volume explores how Irish children were ‘constructed’ by various actors including the state, youth organisations, authors and publishers in the period before and after Ireland gained independence in 1922. It examines the broad variety of ways in which the Irish child was constructed through social and cultural activities like education, sport, youth organizations, and cultural production such as literature, toys, and clothes, covering themes ranging from gender, religion and social class, to the broader politics of identity, citizenship, and nation-building. A variety of ideals and ideologies, some of them conflicting, competed to inform how children were constructed by the adults who looked on them as embodying the future of the nation. Contributors ask fundamental questions about how children were constructed as part of the idealisation of the state before its formation, and the consolidation of the state after its foundation. 

About the authors

Ciara Boylan is Researcher at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests and publications cover the history and sociology of education, publishing for children, and educational policy and practice. 

Ciara Gallagher is an independent scholar and previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the National Collection of Children’s Books project in Ireland. Her research interests include colonial and postcolonial children’s literature, Irish children’s literature, and contemporary Indian children’s literature.  

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-22

    Gallagher, Ciara (et al.)

  • Concepts of Children and Childhood from an Educational Perspective 1900–1940: Context, Curriculum and Experiences

    Pages 25-47

    Walsh, Thomas

  • The Church of Ireland’s Response to Changes in the National School Curriculum in Post-independence Ireland 1922–1940

    Pages 49-65

    Relihan, Martina

  • A Treasure-House for the Young: Free Public Libraries and the Irish Child

    Pages 67-93

    Kennedy, Máire

  • Drama for Children in the Irish Free State: Sinéad De Valera’s Plays for Schoolchildren

    Pages 97-113

    Harvey, Kate

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eBook 53,49 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Constructions of the Irish Child in the Independence Period, 1910-1940
Editors
  • Ciara Boylan
  • Ciara Gallagher
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92822-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92822-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92821-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06525-6
Series ISSN
2634-6532
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 317
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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