The Economics of Childhood: Home and Neighbourhood

  • Berry Mayall


In the early twentieth century, as concern grew about the high rates of infant mortality and the poor health and physique of perhaps 30–40 per cent of the population, it was commonplace for male observers to assign blame to the fecklessness and ignorance of mothers. Increasing efforts were made, through charitable services and through the development of infant welfare services, such as clinics and health visiting, to educate mothers.


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  • Berry Mayall
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  1. 1.UCL Institute of EducationLondonUK

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