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The Unwanted ChildThe Fate of Foundlings, Orphans, and Juvenile Criminals in Early Modern Germany$
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Joel F. Harrington

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226317274

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226317298.001.0001

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From Micro- to Macro-: Individuals and the Big Picture

From Micro- to Macro-: Individuals and the Big Picture

(p.277) Six From Micro- to Macro-: Individuals and the Big Picture
The Unwanted Child
University of Chicago Press

The previous chapters illustrated the circulation of unwanted children from the distinct—and in some ways unique—perspectives of six historical individuals. This chapter assesses the general lessons drawn from these stories, first by using them to develop a new framework for analysis of such diverse historical experiences, and second by probing them as valuable source material for postulating some general patterns and cross-cultural comparisons about the overall social significance of child circulation and informal fostering.

Keywords:   unwanted children, child circulation, informal fostering

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