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- DescriptionA quantitative analysis of the situation of Ireland's children during the famine era (1841-1861), this study utilizes census data to construct a series of indices to measure the quality of life for children in each of Ireland's 32 counties. While relatively little is kwn about the particular effects of the famine on childhood, census records from 1841, 1851, and 1861 do exist. Jordan also considers anthropometric data on military recruits, emigration figures, school enrollment, church records, and contemporary accounts to build a picture of Ireland's children. This comparative approach provides a wealth of information on family life in Ireland at both the county and the provincial levels. It addresses the role of home and school as a model of socialization and the use of emigration as a coping device. The author also explores the social climate created by the 1838 Poor Law. Ultimately, the stress of struggling to survive the natural disaster of the famine, combined with the political developments of the day, had a devastating effect on the young.
- Author BiographyTHOMAS E. JORDAN is Emeritus Curators' Professor of Child Development at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His research addresses aspects of childhood in which stress is an element. As the author of 25 books and monographs, he has stressed empirical methods in studies of handicapped children, birth cohorts, and historical archives. His last four books addressed human development in 19th-century Britain. In 1998, he edited a two-volume edition of the Irish censuses, 1821-1911.
- Author(s)Thomas E. Jordan
- Date of Publication24/11/1998
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleContributions to the Study of World Literature
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 61
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight486 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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