Child Welfare and Social Defence, by Tove Stang Dahl

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Child Welfare and Social Defence, by Tove Stang Dahl
Child Welfare and Social Defence, by Tove Stang Dahl

Published by Norwegian University Press in 1985, 185 pages, hardback with Dust Jacket (S8295JWSO)

From the rear side cover: Few people seem to be aware that modern child welfare is virtually a Norwegian invention, inasmuch as the Norwegian Child Welfare Act of 1896 was the first in the Western world. The influences and interests behind this early development are analysed in this book, which shows how lawyers, criminologists, teachers, and politicians acted jointly over the issue of saving the dependent and neglected children of nineteenth-century urban society. Unfortunately, the children were taken care of more because they fitted in with the professional interests of the various groups than out of any motivation to look after them for their own sake. The need for 'social defence' against these children seems to have been the common denominator of the process behind the legislation.

The condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket has one or two minor scuffs, and some light wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are intact and tightly bound. There is considerable yellowing to the inside pages throughout.
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