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Author Murdoch, Lydia, 1970-
Title Imagined orphans : poor families, child welfare, and contested citizenship in London / Lydia Murdoch.
Imprint New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2007, 2006.

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Author Murdoch, Lydia, 1970-
Series Rutgers series in childhood studies
Rutgers series in childhood studies.
Subject Dr Barnardo's (Organization) -- History.
Child welfare -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Child welfare -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century.
Poor children -- Institutional care -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Poor children -- Institutional care -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century.
Poor families -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Poor families -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century.
Add Title Poor families, child welfare, and contested citizenship in London
Description 1 online resource
Technical report
Note "This electronic book contains the following additional features not available in the print version: Links to external informational resources, 6 additional images (and 1 color replacement of print image)."--Copyright and Permissions.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-242) and index.
Note This volume is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
T.p. screen as of 2006-07-06.
Contents "A little waif of London, rescued from the streets": melodrama and popular representations of poor children -- From barrack schools to family cottages: creating domestic space and civic identity for poor children -- The parents of "nobody's children": family backgrounds and the causes of poverty -- "That most delicate of all questions in an Englishman's mind": the rights of parents and their continued contact with institutionalized children -- Training "Street Arabs" into British citizens: making artisans and members of empire -- "Their charge and ours": changing notions of child welfare and citizenship.
Summary With his dirty, tattered clothes and hollowed-out face, the image of Oliver Twist is the enduring symbol of the young indigent spilling out of the orphanages and haunting the streets of late-nineteenth-century London. He is the victim of two evils: an aristocratic ruling class and, more directly, neglectful parents. Although poor children were often portrayed as real-life Oliver Twists-either orphaned or abandoned by unworthy parents-they, in fact, frequently maintained contact and were eventually reunited with their families. In Imagined Orphans, Lydia Murdoch focuses on this disc.
ISBN 9780813538235 (electronic bk.)
0813538238 (electronic bk.)
9780813541020 (electronic bk.)
0813541026 (electronic bk.)
0813537223
9780813537221
OCLC # 230194676
Additional Format Print version: Murdoch, Lydia. Imagined Orphans : Poor Families, Child Welfare, and Contested Citizenship in London. Piscataway : Rutgers University Press, 2006 9780813537221