Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life by Philippe Aries

By Philippe Aries

The subject matter of this remarkable publication is the evolution of the trendy perception of family members lifestyles and the trendy snapshot; of the character of kids. Aries lines the evolution of the concept that of formative years from the top of the center a while, while the kid was once considered as a small grownup, to the current child-centered society, via diaries, work, video games, and faculty curricula.
paradoxically, he unearths that individualism, faraway from winning in our time, has been held in fee through the relations, and that the expanding strength of the tightly-knit kin circle has flourished on the price of the rich-textured communal society of prior occasions. Translated from the French via Robert Baldick.

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It is recorded that the people of Basque country It is recorded that the people of the the Basque had been country retained for for aa very the custom burying children that had of burying time the custom of had retained children that very long long time died without baptism baptism in in the the house, house, on the the garden. the threshold, or in in the died without threshold, or garden. Here may perhaps rites, of of ancient of sacrificial see a a survival sacrificial offerings, survival of ancient rites, Here we may perhaps see offerings, or rather it it may be that the child that had died too too soon was buried had died soon in in life that the child that life was or rather buried may be as bury a domestic pet, a cat or aa dog.

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