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ERIC Number: EJ862054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
An Entangled History of Ideas and Ideals: Feminism, Social and Educational Reform in Children's Libraries in Belgium before the First World War
Verbruggen, Christophe; Carlier, Julie
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v45 n3 p291-308 2009
This article examines one of the first children's libraries in continental Europe, founded by Belgian feminists in Ghent around 1910. The transnational cultural transfer and transformation of the American children's-library paradigm is studied from the perspective of "entangled history". The authors reveal a history entangled in transnational processes and partially overlapping intellectual networks of feminists, social and Lebens-reformers and progressive educationalists. It is contended that the American notion of children's libraries served the founders' feminist, educational, social and Lebens-reformist views. Discussion includes both national and transnational resonances, notably the interconnections with the Heures Joyeuses in Brussels and with similar Dutch initiatives. (Contains 2 figures and 117 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Netherlands