You Can Help Your Country
English children's work during the Second World War
Berry Mayall and Virginia Morrow
Praise for You Can Help Your Country
Berry Mayall was Emerita Professor of Childhood Studies at the UCL Institute of Education.
Virginia Morrow is Visiting Professor at the UCL Institute of Education, and Research Associate for Young Lives, Department of International Development, University of Oxford.
List of abbreviations
About the authors
Preface to the revised edition
The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth
'This book shows clearly the importance of recognising that young people, given the opportunity, can willingly and usefully contribute to promoting social welfare.'
British Educational Research Journal
'As a whole, the book succeeds in enriching both the view of childhood and the life of the child during the Second World War in England, thereby inspiring the reader to further critical scrutiny of present-day notions of childhood.'
'a good example of the history of children’s work and education from a sociological perspective.'
Cambridge Journal of Education
'a very useful addition to the literature on children and the Second World War.'
Children & Society
‘Mayall and Morrow have performed an enormous service, not only in broadening our perspective of children to include their economic and social contributions to the war effort... but also in exploring both the nature of childhood” and the ambiguity surrounding adult–child relations at a time of national crisis (and beyond). Where the evacuee was confined to a specific social (children’s) space, the child worker, in vacating the classroom, implicitly frequents “adulthood”. In raising questions about the nature of children/childhood, this is a timely, relevant and accessibly written book, and is an ideal text for students in education, history and sociology.’
Professor Harry Hendrick, University of Warwick
‘Another major contribution to the sociology of childhood by two pioneers in the field. Drawing from a rich variety of previously untapped resources, including children’s own accounts of their lives during the Second World War, Mayall and Morrow document the extensive labour and other contributions to the war effort made by English children. Though focusing on a particular period of crisis... You Can Help Your Country makes a strong case for enabling children to speak for themselves, and to participate more fully in socially useful activities.’
- Sarane Spence Boocock, Rutgers University
Format: Open Access PDF
Edition: Revised edition
B&W line drawings, B&W photo/halftones, and colour photo/halftones
Copyright: © 2020
Publication: November 23, 2020