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This anthology from scholarly literature about children explores the ways society makes meaning of the period called childhood, the social forces that shape children, and the strategies children use to influence each other, their familes, and the larger adult world. The anthology includes 34 readings in 7 topic areas: I. Meanings of Childhood II. Theorizing Childhood III. Studying Children IV. Relationships V. Constructing Race, Ethnicity and Gender VI. Popular Culture, Consumption and Play VII. Social Problems and Inequality

Author Biography

Karen Sternheimer is a member of the Sociology Department at the University of Southern California. She is also the author of Kids These Days: Facts and Fictions About Today's Youth (Rowman & Littlefield) and It's Not the Media: The Truth About Pop Culture's Influence on Children (Westview Press). Her research on children has explored such diverse topics as kidnapping, substance abuse, obesity, teen pregnancy, and teen driving.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Everyone Has a Childhood, Right?p. vi
Meanings of Childhoodp. 1
Editor's Introduction: Why Do Experiences of Childhood Change?
From Child Labor to Child Work: Redefining the Economic World of Childrenp. 4
Minors, Censorship, Sex, and Historyp. 21
Childhood in America Past and Presentp. 45
All Are Above Averagep. 51
In Search of the Childp. 65
Kidnapped: Childhood Stolen?p. 76
Theorizing Childhoodp. 87
Editor's Introduction: How Do Social Scientists Think About Children?
Re-Visioning Women and Social Change: Where Are the Children?p. 90
Children's Interpretive Reproductionsp. 102
A Window on the "New" Sociology of Childhoodp. 117
A New Paradigm for the Sociology of Childhood?p. 126
Studying Childrenp. 139
Editor's Introduction: How Do Social Scientists Study Children and Childhood?
Yeah, You're Big Bill: Entering Kids' Culturep. 141
Researchers and Kidsp. 151
Researching Children and Childhoodp. 168
Relationshipsp. 181
Editor's Introduction: How Do Children Actively Negotiate Relationships with Friends and Family?
Popularityp. 183
Exchanges, Labels, and Put-Downsp. 198
Crude Comments and Sexual Scriptsp. 212
Gender Roles and Settlement Activities Among Children and Their Immigrant Familiesp. 221
Concerted Cultivation and the Accomplishment of Natural Growthp. 237
Constructing Race, Ethnicity, and Genderp. 247
Editor's Introduction: Beyond Socialization and Imitation
Using Racial and Ethnic Concepts: The Critical Case of Very Young Childrenp. 249
Constructing and Negotiating Racial Identity in Schoolp. 266
The Collaborative Emergence of Race in Children's Play: A Case of Two Summer Campsp. 281
Constructing "Opposite Sides"p. 296
Barbie Girls Versus Sea Monsters: Children Constructing Genderp. 312
Girls, Race, and Identity: Border Work Between Classesp. 329
Popular Culture, Consumption, and Playp. 339
Editor's Introduction: The Importance of Play and Popular Culture
Outside Class: A Historical Analysis of American Children's Competitive Activitiesp. 342
Flight Toward Maturity: The Tooth Fairyp. 355
Kids and Commercep. 365
Kids in Toylandp. 381
"We Pledge Allegiance to Kids": Nickelodeon and Citizenshipp. 391
Talking Dirty: Children, Sexual Knowledge, and Televisionp. 404
Social Problems and Inequalityp. 419
Editor's Introduction: Are Young People Really Prized in American Society?
Who Are You Kidding? Children, Power, and the Struggle Against Sexual Abusep. 421
In Sickness and in Play: Children Coping with Chronic Illnessp. 437
Children of the Incarceratedp. 452
Working Childrenp. 460
Creditsp. 471
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