All Work, No Play…: Representations of Child Labour in Films of the First World War
AbstractThis article analyses the representation of children in short documentary films of the First World War. It suggests that, rather than adopting sentiment which might evoke emotion and mobilise public protest, the films were more pragmatic, aimed at conscripting children for the war effort. Indeed, they deployed a non sentimental approach, instead favouring military order which chimed with the predominating ‘structure of feeling’ of that period. Examining the campaign to encourage children to form part of the workforce and support the patriotic cause, this essay analyses a number of newsreel documentaries within the context of contemporaneous visual culture.
CitationStella Hockenhull (2018) All Work, No Play…: Representations of Child Labour in Films of the First World War, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, DOI: 10.1080/01439685.2018.1472834
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalHistorical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
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