Reclaiming Childhood: Freedom and Play in an Age of Fear

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book exposes the stark consequences on child development of both our low expectations of fellow human beings and our safety-obsessed culture. Helene Guldberg argues that we need to identify what the real problems are - and how much they matter.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The good, the bad, and the history: a balance sheet of modern childhoodp. 5
A childish panic about the next generationp. 7
Cocooning childrenp. 32
Childhood in historical perspectivep. 46
Freedom and child developmentp. 57
Growing up: why risk-taking is good for kidsp. 59
Play: what is it good for?p. 73
The bullying bandwagonp. 92
Virtual lives? Media, brands and the MySpace generationp. 111
Taking real responsibility: the role of adult societyp. 127
Let parents be parents: the myth of infant determinismp. 129
Let teachers be teachers-not social workers and 'happiness counselorsp. 147
Let strangers be friends: how the 'stranger danger' panic is creating a hostile adult worldp. 161
Afterwordp. 179
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 197
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