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Published: 28 November 2013

272 Pages | 8 black and white halftones


ISBN: 9780199677481

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Lost Freedom

The Landscape of the Child and the British Post-War Settlement

Mathew Thomson

  • First study of the idea of lost childhood freedom; brings together histories of our developing anxiety about the safety of children in the face of traffic, television, and paedophiles.
  • Provides historical perspective for recent high profile debate over children's well-being, rioting ('feral') children, and the revelations of sexual abuse in 1970s culture (particularly the Savile enquiry).
  • Casts new light on the nature of the post-war social settlement - one of the central issues in post-war British history
  • Focus on the neglected history of the 1970s
  • Uses the subject of children to develop a broader argument about a shift in understanding of landscape and subjectivity in the period