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Growing Up in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: A Cultural History of Middle-Class Childhood and Gender

Mary Hatfield


At the beginning of the nineteenth century childhood was a fluid concept with a variety of meanings and responsibilities dependent on class, gender, and religious identity. By 1860 the idea of what childhood was supposed to be had been consolidated to a large degree by the middle classes, who rejected the lavish opulence of the aristocracy and the economic dependency of the working classes to create their own brand of child-rearing. The book explores ways in which adults dealt with children, particularly within the family and in educational institutions across the island of Ireland. This book ... More

Keywords: Childhood, gender, middle class, Irish, boarding schools, education, fashion history, Catholic, Protestant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843429
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Hatfield, author
Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, University College Dublin