The Institutions of Care for the Children at Risk in Nineteenth-Century Moravia as the New Arena for Elite Socialisation

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Description The tradition and particular pride for the institutions of residential care roots go back to mid-nineteenth century, when the public discourse on the children at risk in the Czech lands exposed the capacity of the society to provide help for the handicapped children as the measure of civilisation and the philanthropists as the enlightened patriots, while constructing discursively the needs of the handicapped children in the way, which favoured the residential care. This paper attempts to explain this trend by analysing the nineteenth-century public discourse on the children at risk in Brno and interlinking the needs of elites for prestigious publicity with the specific discursive presentation of the needs of the children, whom they intended to help.
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