This book opens up histories of childhood and youth in South African historiography. It looks at how childhoods changed during South Africa's industrialisation, and traces the ways in which institutions, first the Dutch Reformed Church and then the Cape government, attempted to shape white childhood to the future benefit of the colony.
SE Duff is Researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research is on histories of childhood, sexuality, and medicine in nineteenth- and twentieth-century South Africa. Funded by a prestigious Research Career Advancement Fellowship from the National Research Foundation, her current project investigates histories of sex education in twentieth-century South Africa.