Childhood and Society

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Exploring new research, policy and thinking within childhood sociology, this book now takes a global view on key and controversial issues in the field. The new edition continues to engage with competing theoretical positions, whilst bringing in a new focus on children's agency and featuring a new chapter on children in the workplace.
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ISBN-13: 9780230241824
ISBN-10: 0230241824
Pagini: 330
Ilustrații: 3 black & white tables, 6 figures
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Ediția: Revizuită
Editura: Macmillan Education UK
Colecția Red Globe Press
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Introduction.- PART I: THEORISING AND RESEARCHING CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD.- 1. The Social Meaning of Childhood.- 2. Theories of Growing Up: Developmentalism and Socialisation Theory.- 3. Childhood and Social Structure.- 4. Children and Childhood in Late Modernity.- 5. Researching Children and Childhood : Methods, Ethics and Politics.- PART II: CHILDREN IN THEIR LOCAL AND GLOBAL CONTEXTS.- 6. Childhood in Crisis: Social Disorder and Reconstruction.- 7. Children, Family and the State: Policing Childhood.- 8. Schooling Children and Childhood.- 9. Children's Work and Labour: The International Context.- 10. Children's Social Worlds: Culture, Play and Technology.- 101. Children: Their Rights and Politics.- 11. Children's Work and Labour: The International Context.- Conclusion.

Notă biografică

Michael Wyness, Associate Professor in the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick, UK.

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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.


  • Places emphasis on children’s agency and the role they play within the research process.
  • Shows how technology shapes children's play, communication and cultures.
  • Assesses the ethical and methodological issues in researching children's lives.
  • A broadened global focus throughout every chapter, including more on the developing world.
  • A revised chapter on researching children and childhood.
  • An updated critical appraisal of children’s rights, as well as new data on child protection and schooling.
  • The introduction of new key readings and ‘Academic Insights’ boxes that explore research on important topics in more detail.