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The Sociology of Childhood,9781412979436

The Sociology of Childhood



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Amazing!  May 15, 2011

Throughout the text book, the author's original research, compelling photographs, and vivid illustrations bring the topic to life. This new edition of the only text that thoroughly covers children and childhood from a sociological perspective includes updated coverage of peer relations, friendship, children's peer cultures, and the social problems of children. As an academic and qualitative researcher I found this to be an excellent guide. Highly recommended.

The Sociology of Childhood: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


This new edition of the only text that thoroughly covers children and childhood from a sociological perspective includes updated coverage of peer relations, friendship, children’s peer cultures, and the social problems experienced by children. Throughout the book, the author’s original research and the compelling photographs and vivid illustrations bring the topics to life.

‘’A very different approach to child development to what is all ready in the market. Each chapter offers a different area of discussion that carries ideas for students projects. Although the book cannot be used as the main text for my class it fits perfectly with the general objectives of the course and provides general learning in the area of child development.’’-Dr Monica Shiakou,Social and Behavioural Sciences, European University Cyprus

Table of Contents

The Sociological Study of Childhood
Social Theories of Childhood
Sociology's Rediscovery of Childhood
Traditional Theories: Socialization
Interpretive Reproduction: Children Collectively
Participate in Society
The Structure of Childhood and Children's Interpretive Reproductions
Assumptions of the Structural Perspective
Childhood, Children's Activities, and Interpretive Reproduction in Peer Culture
Studying Children and Childhood
Macro Level Methods
Micro Level Methods
Nontraditional Methods in Studying Children
Ethical Issues in Researching Children's Lives
Children, Childhood, and Families in Historical and Cultural Context
Historical Views of Childhood and Children
Philippe Ariès's Centuries of Childhood
The Debate Regarding Grand Stage Theories of the Family and Childhood
The New History of Childhood
Social Change, Families, and Children
Examining Changes in Families from the Children's Perspective
Children's Everyday Lives in Families
The Effects of Recent Socioeconomic Changes on Children and Childhood in Western Societies
The Effects of Recent Socioeconomic Changes on Children and Childhood in Developing Societies
Children's Cultures
Children's Peer Cultures and Interpretive Reproduction
Examining Peer Culture from a Children's Perspective
Central Importance of Peer Culture in Interpretive Reproduction
Children's Transitions to Initial Peer Cultures
Symbolic Aspects of Children's Cultures
Material Aspects of Children's Cultures
Sharing and Control in Initial Peer Cultures
Central Themes in Children's Initial Peer Cultures
Friendship, Sharing and Social Participation
Autonomy and Control in Peer Culture
Conflict and Differentiation in the Initial Peer Culture
Conflict and Peer Relations
Social Differentiation in Initial Peer Cultures
Preadolescent Peer Cultures
Peer Cultures in Preadolescence
Friendship Processes in Preadolescent Peer Cultures
Autonomy and Identity in Preadolescent Peer Cultures
Children, Social Problems, and the Future of Childhood
Children Social Problems and the Family
Changing Family Structures and Children's Lives
Work, Families, and Childhood
Divorce and Its Effects on Children
Child Abuse in the Family
Children, Social Problems, and Society
Poverty and the Quality of Children's Lives
The Human Face of Poverty: The Story of Nicholas
Teen Pregnancy and Nonmaritial Births
Violence, Victimization, and the Loss of Childhood
The Future of Childhood
The Major Challenges
Some More Modest Proposals to Enrich Children's Lives
About the Author
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