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ISBN

9781479810260

Publication Date

2020

Price

30.00

Publisher

New York University Press

Abstract

"Perhaps Cook’s most important accomplishment in this book is discarding the perception of a “pre-capitalist” childhood overtaken by rampant commercialism during the nineteenth century. As he notes, the idea of commerce and consumerism acting as a toxic force in childhood is far more common in the literature of the 1980s than it ever was in writings of the 1800s. Such a dichotomy made little sense to nineteenth-century White and prosperous mothers who were focused on teaching their offspring how to engage with goods and money in a manner that would reflect a genteel level of “taste.” Thus, he argues that instead of thinking of children as “born into a consumer culture,” we should think of modern childhood as continuing to be “born of it” (9)."

DOI

10.31390/cwbr.23.4.04

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