Growing up in Norway, 800-1990
AUTHOR: Martinson, Floyd M.
PUBLISHER: Southern Illinois University Press
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Floyd M. Martinson s book is an ethnographic study of the daily life of children in Norway from the ninth century to the last decade of the twentieth century.
Martinson focuses on the ways in which the care and supervision of children, which at one time was the responsibility solely of the family, has become a public concern.
Martinson discusses five perspectives that have influenced the lives of Norwegian children through the generations: as the private property of their family, as participants in the economic and social life of family and community, as inherently evil creatures, as incomplete adults in the process of becoming adults, and as citizens with freedoms and rights. The last view, the currently prevalent one, has initiated changes, some of which are unique to Norway. In the 1980s, two social agencies for children were established: a national office of the Commissioner of Children (a child ombud whose duty it is to attend to the needs and concerns of children) and the National Center for Child Research, which is responsible for stimulating research on child life and disseminating information to child-serving organizations and to the general public.
This extraordinary book is not only for the scholar or individual interested in Scandinavian, or specifically Norwegian, culture and history. It will interest all who value the lives of children, their impact upon a culture, and a society s regard and treatment of them."
PUBLICATION DATE: 3/1/1992
CATEGORY: Law, Social Science