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Macmillan Higher Education

Childhood and Society (2nd Edition)

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Palgrave

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Paperback - 9780230241824

15 November 2011

$49.99

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Ebook - 9780230357259

25 October 2011

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Where can we draw the line between childhood and adulthood? To what extent is childhood a social construction? How do children make sense of their own social worlds? And do children have control over their social...

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Where can we draw the line between childhood and adulthood? To what extent is childhood a social construction? How do children make sense of their own social worlds? And do children have control over their social environments?

Childhood and Society 2e explores these questions and key sociological debates to provide a thorough introduction to the sociology of childhood. The second edition takes account of cutting edge research and shows how contemporary practices are impacting on childhood in today's world. In particular, the book:

• Gives clear guidance on how children have been, and continue to be, theorized
• Shows how technology shapes children's play, communication and cultures
• Discusses international case studies that reflect on childhood in a global age
• Assesses the ethical and methodological issues in researching children's lives
• Includes a new chapter on child labour, reflecting on the relationship between work and schooling

With fresh insights into research, theory and policy, this text takes a truly global view on controversial issues in the field, from poverty and children's rights to the media and consumerism. It is an indispensable text for students of sociology, childhood studies, education and social policy.

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New edition of a bestselling text
Addresses topical issues like child protection and child labour
Broadened global focus throughout every chapter, including the developing world
Fully updated to reflect the latest thinking and policy changes in the field

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
PART I: CHILDHOOD AND THEORY
The Social Meaning of Childhood
Childhood and Social Structure
Children and Childhood in Late Modernity
Theories of Growing Up: Developmentalism and Socialisation Theory
PART II: CHILDREN, SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND SOCIAL POLICY
Childhood in Crisis: Social Disorder and Reconstruction
Children, Family and the State: Policing Childhood
Schooling Children and Childhood
PART III: CHILDREN'S LIVES, CHILDREN'S AGENCY
Children's Social Worlds: Culture, Play and Technology
Researching Children and Childhood: Methods, Ethics and Politics
Children: Their Rights and Politics
Children's Work and Labour: The International Context
Conclusion
Glossary.
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MICHAEL WYNESS Associate Professor of Childhood Studies in the Institute Of Education at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of Schooling, Welfare and Parental Responsibility and Contesting Childhood.

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MICHAEL WYNESS Associate Professor of Childhood Studies in the Institute Of Education at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of Schooling, Welfare and Parental Responsibility and Contesting Childhood.

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