You Can Help Your Country

You Can Help Your Country

English children's work during the Second World War

Berry Mayall, Virginia Morrow


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  • A fascinating history of children's contribution to the war effort, by working on farms, collecting scrap for recycling, running households, sorting post and in countless other pieces of work, small and large.
  • Written by two pioneering sociologists of childhood, this is a powerful challenge to the dominant image of the English evacuee that also has much to say about the children's rights as citizens in modern society.
  • Contains a wealth of personal and engrossing contemporary accounts alongside recollections from interviews with wartime children when adults.


Berry Mayall:
Berry Mayall is Emerita Professor of Childhood Studies at the UCL Institute of Education. She worked for many years on research studying the daily lives of children and their parents. In the last 40 years she has participated in the development of the sociology of childhood, contributing many books and papers to this process, including Towards a Sociology for Childhood: Thinking from children’s lives (Open University Press, 2002).|||Virginia Morrow is Visiting Professor at the UCL Institute of Education, and Research Associate for Young Lives, Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Her main research interests are sociology and history of childhood, child labour and children’s work, children’s rights, methods and ethics of social research with children; children’s understandings of family and other social environments.