1st Edition

Creating Religious Childhoods in Anglo-World and British Colonial Contexts, 1800-1950

Edited By Hugh Morrison, Mary Clare Martin Copyright 2017
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    Drawing on examples from British world expressions of Christianity, this collection further greater understanding of religion as a critical element of modern children’s and young people’s history. It builds on emerging scholarship that challenges the view that religion had a solely negative impact on nineteenth- and twentieth-century children, or that ‘secularization’ is the only lens to apply to childhood and religion. Putting forth the argument that religion was an abiding influence among British world children throughout the nineteenth and most of the twentieth centuries, this volume places ‘religion’ at the center of analysis and discussion. At the same time, it positions the religious factor within a broader social and cultural framework. The essays focus on the historical contexts in which religion was formative for children in various ‘British’ settings denoted as ‘Anglo’ or ‘colonial’ during the nineteenth and early- to mid-twentieth centuries.


    List of Figures


    Introduction: Contours and Issues in Children’s Religious History

    Hugh Morrison and Mary Clare Martin


    Part One: Missions, Families and Childhood

    1. Making missions through (re)making children: Non-kin domestic intimacy in the London Missionary Society’s work in late-nineteenth-century north India

    Rhonda Semple

    2. Making missionary children: Religion, culture and juvenile deviance

    Emily Manktelow

    3. Play, missionaries and the cross-cultural encounter in global perspective, 1800-1870

    Mary Clare Martin


    Part Two: Educational approaches and opportunities

    4. Sunday school prizes and books in early-nineteenth-century America

    David Greenspoon

    5. Methodist childhoods: The education and formation of the young Methodist in Australia and Fiji, 1900-1950

    Christine Weir

    6. Leadership (with Fun and Games) instead of Domestic Service: Changing African Girlhood in a Johannesburg Mission, 1907-1940

    Deborah Gaitskell


    Part Three: Literature and Discourses

    7. ‘Children of Silence’: Disability, childhood and Christian suffering in nineteenth-century Britain

    Esme Cleall

    8. ‘Nearly all are supported by children’: Charitable Childhoods in Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century Literature for Children in the British World

    Margot Hillel

    9. Making Kiwi Christians: Children and religion in the House of Reed

    Geoffrey Troughton


    Part Four: Religious Communities and Citizenship

    10. Signs and graces: Children’s experiences of confirmation in New Zealand, 1920s-1950s

    Grace Bateman

    11. A ‘Religion of the Backwoods’: Religion and the Canadian Boy Scout Movement in the interwar period

    James Trepanier

    12. Service, sacrifice and responsibility: Religion and Protestant settler childhood in New Zealand and Canada, c. 1860-1940

    Hugh Morrison


    Notes on Contributors




    Hugh Morrison, Mary Clare Martin

    "If you believe that childhood represents a formative period of psychological development and a lens through which new experiences and knowledge—religious or otherwise—are filtered, you will want to incorporate essays such as the ones provided in Creating Religious Childhoods into your work." - Joy Schulz, Metropolitan Community College