Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Family rhythmsThe changing textures of family life in Ireland$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jane Gray, Ruth Geraghty, and David Ralph

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091513

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091513.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use.date: 20 September 2021

Changing childhoods

Changing childhoods

Chapter:
(p.65) 3 Changing childhoods
Source:
Family rhythms
Author(s):

Jane Gray

Ruth Geraghty

David Ralph

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091513.003.0003

This chapter explores the transformation of Irish childhoods since the early decades of the twentieth century, and shows how demographic and socio-economic changes are intertwined with a transformation in the meanings of childhood. Where once children’s labour contribution to the Irish household economy was a taken-for-granted part of their daily lives, contemporary children are carriers of their family’s aspirations for socio-economic mobility through education and cultural attainment, evident in their ‘concerted cultivation’. The chapter draws on memories of childhoods in the past, together with contemporary children’s voices from the Growing Up in Ireland study, to reveal the extent of children’s agency, in particular the ways in which children have consistently ‘pushed back’ against adult constraints in different socio-historical contexts, finding opportunities for the construction of their own social and family worlds and, in the process, shaping the family and community lives of adults. The chapter explores how, in different ways, class differences mediated Irish childhoods and public discourses about the consequences for children of ‘failing’ families across all historical periods.

Keywords:   Child labour, Concerted cultivation, Children’s agency, Circulation of children, Non-marital families

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.