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A Universal Child?

Author: Smith, Roger

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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A Universal Child? : We all have our own idea of what childhood is, but it is surprisingly difficult to pin down – and widely debated among politicians, professionals, academics, and even parents and children themselves.This important book questions and analyzes what it is to be a child, focusing on the theory and evidence. Part I identifies aspects of childhood that provide an analytical framework for the book's subsequent discussion. Part II considers “childhood in context” – examining both historical and contemporary evidence from around the world. Part III draws together these discussions to assess the question of whether, and to what extent, childhood is a fixed or fluid phenomenon. Throughout, the author: Draws on evidence from an array of cultures, contexts and forms of social organization Explores the complementary value of psychological, biological and sociological theories Considers anthropological, geographical and environmental influences on children's lives Seeks to understand the impact of policy and law on how children are treated and perceivedA Universal Child'makes you think about your own childhood, the world in which today's children live and the variety of experiences which can be defined as a childhood. It provides a clear base for further analysis and debate for all those interested in what it means to be a child, making it invaluable reading for students of Childhood Studies and those studying related social science courses

Category   Subject
Social Science   Children's Studies

ISBN 13:9781403907851
ISBN 10:1403907854
Size:8.43" l x 5.20" w x 0.63" h
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