William A. Corsaro’s groundbreaking work, The Sociology of Childhood, is widely acclaimed as the only text that thoroughly covers children and childhood from a sociological perspective—providing in-depth coverage of social theories of childhood, the peer cultures and social issues of children and youth, and children and childhood within the frameworks of culture and history. The Fifth Edition has been thoroughly updated to incorporate the latest research and the most pertinent information so readers can engage in powerful discussions on a wide array of topics.
This textbook provides a clear and comprehensive guide to the different types of research methods, with a particular focus on how these methods can be used in early childhood. Using examples, case studies and reflection points, the book then illustrates how to translate theory into practice.
Historically, children were often understood in relation to their development towards adulthood, but the 'new paradigm' of childhood studies has since shown how they should be taken more seriously as active participants in their own lives.
Packed full of helpful learning features and engaging case studies, this is a one-stop shop for students studying Early Childhood at all levels. With a strong focus on critical reflection, the book provides coverage of key topics such as child development, socialisation and historical influences, as well as how to become an effective practitioner.
This readable, informative and thought-provoking book is a compelling invitation to rethink our attitudes to young children's rights in the light of new theories, research and practical evidence about children's daily lives. It will be of interest to anyone who works with young children.
Examines attitudes towards, and experiences of childhood. This title focuses on opposing the processes by which children are made to be 'other': the ways in which children are separated and segregated by adults. It explores different aspects of childhood: from education to health, from national policies to home life.
This book investigates the relationship between ideas about childhood and the actual experience of being a child, and assesses how it has changed over the span of 500 years. Hugh Cunningham tells an engaging story of the development of ideas about childhood from the Renaissance to the present, including Locke, Rosseau, Wordsworth and Freud.
Bringing together a wealth of evidence drawn from court records, coroner's rolls, literary sources, and books of advice, this book weaves a rich tapestry of the life of London children during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
This reader provides a critical account of the theoretical and practical issues raised in working with children and families. It draws on debates from a range of disciplines to shed light on different perspectives, forms of practice and dimensions of policy.
This book is intended to broaden the public debate about the role of popular media in children's lives. Its definition of 'media' is wide-ranging: not just television and the internet, but also still-popular forms such as fairy tales, children's literature - including the triumphantly successful Harry Potter series - and playground games.
Gives an account of what it means to be a child (and a parent) in America at the dawn of the millennium. This work explores the history and development of the concept of childhood, starting with the works of Calvin, Freud, and Rousseau and culminating with the modern 'consumer' childhood of Dr Spock and television.
How is the nature of childhood changing? What challenges do children face as they grow up? This book examines: the impact of new technologies, policy, and early education; poverty, changing family circumstances and living in care; and case studies of childhood in certain African countries, the UK, US, Australia, and, Western and Eastern Europe.
From the children of Victoria's reign to the kids of the new millennium, Songs of Innocence explores the seismic shift in attitudes to our formative years and reveals what has made successive generations young.
This text should help those working with, and for, young children to examine their role and appraise their practice. It should provide insights for students on initial training courses for work with children as well as those studying early years courses.
Using images from a wide variety of sources, this text considers the popular imagery of childhood in relation to news, education, welfare, charity and consumerism and asks what implications does all this have for the ways in which children themselves are treated?
This book charts key British developments in child welfare, child poverty research and state support for children from 1800 to the present day. With direct quotations from key sources, it argues that even in the face of clear evidence of hardship the response of policy makers to child poverty has been ambivalent.
This book documents the early lives of almost 19,000 children born in the UK at the start of the 21st century. It is the first time that analysis from the hugely important Millennium Cohort Study has been compiled in a single volume and is also the first in a series of publications reporting on the children's lives at different stages.
What is it like to be a child growing up in Britain these days? Is it a happy or anxious time? What are the best and worst aspects of being a child today? This book draws on accounts of over two thousand children and five hundred adults, to examine the present day meaning of childhood and its implications for policy and practice.
Explores attitudes towards and experiences of children's rights. The authors draw on a wide range of thought, research and practice from different fields and countries to debate, challenge and re-appraise long held beliefs, attitudes and ways of working and living with children.
Explores the main stresses and influences to which every child is exposed - family, friends, youth culture, values, and schooling. This book also makes recommendations as to how we can improve the upbringing of our children. It tackles issues which affect every child, whatever their background.
Focuses on childhood in several ways from childhood across change - the shift from hunting and gathering to an agricultural society, the impact of civilization, and the emergence of major religions, to globalisation and the spread of child-centred consumerism. This book highlights the gains, the divisions, and the losses for children.
Children and youth, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds, are experiencing lifestyle choices their parents never imagined and contributing to the transformation of ideals, traditions, education and adult - child power dynamics.
By historicizing the specific political, social and economic conflicts at work within the notion of Romantic childhood, the essayists in this book show how little these forces have changed over time and how enriching and empowering they can still be for children and adults.
A critical exploration of the constructions of childhood across the social sciences. It questions common global Northern conceptions of childhood and children by providing a wider lens through which to challenge inherent Eurocentrism.
This concise book gives a history of how the sociology of childhood has developed, from its post-war beginnings in the USA to its development in the UK and continental Europe, considering the links between sociological and rights agendas and considering research in many languages.
* An original examination of the effects of consumer culture on children. * Draws on a major study the author was commissioned to lead for the UK Government on this topic. * Written by one of the world's top scholars on childhood and media/culture.