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ERIC Number: ED099140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar-7
Pages: 13
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Dr. Locke and Dr. Spock: Continuity and Change in American Conceptions of Childrearing.
Borstelmann, L. J.
An analysis of the ideas of John Locke and Benjamin Spock examines two questions: (1) authors' popularity in their own lifetimes, and (2) congruence and change in American conceptions of child rearing over two centuries. Comparisons of Locke's "Some Thoughts Concerning Education" and Spock's "Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" include discussion of childrearing goals and methods, parental authority, discipline, and the concept of play. The work of both men reflects the liberal middle class notions of their times: Locke through his shift from a Calvinistic to the Enlightenment conception of man, from the assumption of innate depravity to that of moral neutrality; and Spock, through his twentieth century blend of Enlightenment and Romantic conceptions, of biological and psychoanalytic Darwinism. (CS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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