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Lost Freedom: The Landscape of the Child and the British Post-War Settlement

Mathew Thomson


Lost Freedom addresses a widespread feeling that we have seen a fundamental change in social life in recent decades: the loss of childhood freedom, and in particular the loss of a freedom to roam beyond the safety of home. Concentrating on the period from the Second World War to the 1970s, it considers the roles of psychological theory, traffic, safety consciousness, anxiety about sexual danger, and television in the erosion of freedom. It argues that the Second World War has an important place in this story, with war-borne anxieties encouraging an emphasis on the central importan ... More

Keywords: children, freedom, protection, landscape, psychology, post-war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199677481
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mathew Thomson, author
Reader in History, University of Warwick