• Andrea Griffante


The importance of children for national projects has been identified in most classical studies of nationalism. Regardless of the symbolic and practical centrality of new generations, however, children have rarely been looked at as an object of national contention. Literature on orphans and abandoned children, who represent the core of the infant destitution phenomenon, has constantly tackled the issue of child assistance as a matter of social order. The Introduction gives an overview on the existing scholarly literature on the issue and raises the main questions related to poor children’s assistance which are to be answered in the volume.


Child studies History of education Orphanages Nationalism 


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  • Andrea Griffante
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  1. 1.Vytautas Magnus UniversityKaunasLithuania

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