UNIT THREE: PHILIPPE ARIES AND THE HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD
- Basic Plan for unit three: In the next three weeks we will:
--Discuss the work of Philippe Aries from his work CENTURIES OF CHILDHOOD
--Consider the notion of "nature" as it relates to the child
--Consider the concept of "childhood" and what it assumes about children
--Specifically consider the moral dimensions of our factual beliefs
--Glance at the emerging field of the history of childhood
- Corbett's general introduction to Aries
- Required Readings from Philippe Aries' CENTURIES OF CHILDHOOD
- Assignments for this unit
Please note and respect the due dates.
- Follow-up comments on student assignments 3a-3c.
- SILENCING THE PAST: A REVIEW This is a book review
which Corbett wrote on a book about history. This review will help you get a handle on some of
the issues of historical method which Philippe Aries addresses in his book. I recommend you read this, however
it is an optional read, not part of the required readings of the course.
- FOR THE PEOPLE FOR A CHANGE This is an optional, but recommended reading about
contempory "childhood" in rural Haiti. These children live in a world in which childhood and
school are known, yet the form of life is much more like the agricultural world of the
medieval period than our modern world.