The Sociology of Childhood
'The provision of many amusing examples from Corsaro's own research experience
with children make his book a thoroughly enjoyable read as well as a valuable
critical sociological analysis of childhood' - Sociology
The Sociology of Childhood is the Second Edition of a text that has been universally acclaimed as the best book on the subject available today. It is the only text that thoroughly covers children and childhood from a sociological perspective. The second edition retains the same quality coverage of social theories of childhood, the consideration of children and childhood in historical and cultural perspective, children's peer cultures from preschool through preadolescence, and the social problems of children. The book has been updated to include new research, information, and discussions on the latest social indicators regarding children in the United States and around the world.
New chapter on up-to-date methods of research for studying children.
New chapters on theory, cultural change, and children's peer cultures.
New section on children's rights including a description and discussion of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Updated chapter on the Future of Childhood addresses current policy debates and changing demographics related to children in today's societies.
Contains many examples of children's actual play and behavior.
Provides photographs and charts that capture the complexity and diversity of children's lives.
The Sociology of Childhood is highly recommended for use as the core text in courses on the sociology of children and childhood, as well as for parents, teachers, and other adults interested in the social lives and development of children. It can also be used in early education, child development, and child psychology courses, and as a supplemental text in the area of family studies.
William A. Corsaro is the Robert H. Shaffer Class of 1967 Endowed Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he teaches courses on the sociology of childhood, childhood in contemporary society, and ethnographic research methods. Corsaro is the author of Friendship and Peer Culture in the Early Years (1985) and "We're Friends, Right": Inside Kids' Culture (2003). He was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Bologna, Italy, in 1983-84 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow in Trondheim, Norway, in 2003. His research has been featured on NPR, the BBC in London, and in the New Yorker.
What people are saying - Write a review
The Sociological Study of Childhood
Social Theories of Childhood
Childrens Understanding of Conservation of Mass
Children Collectively Participate in Society
Do Chips Have Blood on Them?
The Structure of Childhood and Childrens Interpretive Reproductions
Friendship Sharing and Social Participation
The Little Chairs Routine
Access Rituals in an American Preschool
Italian Childrens Production of the Cantilena in Discussione
Autonomy and Control in Peer Culture
The Walking Bucket
The New American Grandparent
Age and Gender in Hausa Society
Childhood Childrens Activities and Interpretive Reproduction in Peer Culture
Preschool Childrens Secondary Adjustments to Teachers Rules
Studying Children and Childhood
Nontraditional Methods in Studying Children
Ethical Issues in Researching Childrens Lives
Children Childhood and Families in Historical and Cultural Context
Historical Views of Childhood and Children
Philippe Ariess Centuries of Childhood
The Debate Regarding GrandStage Theories of the family and Childhood
The New History of Childhood
Social Change Families and Children
Childrens Everyday Lives in Families
Amy Sticks Up for Her Mom
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
Childrens Peer Cultures and Interpretive Reproduction
Central Importance of Peer Culture in Interpretive Reproduction
Symbolic Aspects of Childrens Cultures
Material Aspects of Childrens Cultures
Sharing and Control in Initial Peer Cultures
Central Themes in Childrens Initial Peer Cultures
Conflict and Differentiation in the Initial Peer Culture
Bad Wolves Do Not Exist
Social Differentiation in Initial Peer Cultures
Preadolescent Peer Cultures
Peer Cultures in Preadolescence
Autonomy and Identity in Preadolescent Peer Cultures
Cradle of Love
Disputes Conflict Friendships and Gender
Boys and Cooties
Children Social Problems and the Future of Childhood
Children Social Problems and the Family
Work Families and Childhood
Divorce and Its Effects on Children
Child Abuse in the Family
Children Social Problems and Society
The Abraham Lincoln of Child Workers
The Story of Nicholas
Teen Pregnancy and Nonmarital Births
Violence Victimization and the Loss of Childhood
The Future of Childhood
The Major Challenges
Some More Modest Proposals to Enrich Childrens Lives
About the Author