Childhood in Global Perspective

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Polity, Jun 22, 2009 - Social Science - 212 pages
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The second edition of this compelling and popular book offers a unique global perspective on children’s lives throughout the world. It shows how the notion of childhood is being radically re-shaped, in part as a consequence of globalization.

Taking an engaging historical and comparative approach, the book explores social issues such as how children are constituted as raced, classed and gendered subjects; how children’s involvement in war is connected to the globalization of capitalism and organized crime; and how school and work operate as sites for the governing of childhood. The book discusses wide-ranging topics including children’s rights, the family, children and war, child labour and young people’s activism around the globe. In addition to updated literature throughout, the revised edition includes new chapters on migration and trafficking, and the role of play.

The book will continue to be of great value to students and scholars in the fields of sociology, geography, social policy and development studies. It will also be a valuable companion to practitioners of international development and social work, as well as to anyone interested in childhood in the contemporary world.

  

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Contents

CHILDHOOD IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT
1
POLICY AND PRACTICE
26
RACE CLASS AND GENDER
48
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
71
SCHOOL AND WORK
94
CHILDREN AND POLITICS
118
CHILDREN AND YOUTH AT WAR
141
RESCUING CHILDREN AND CHILDRENS RIGHTS
166
The rights of cultures and the rights of children
178
Index
210
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About the author (2009)

Karen Wells is the programme director of international childhood studies at Birkbeck, University of London.

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