Changing Childhoods: Local and Global

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Heather Montgomery, Rachel Burr, Martin Woodhead
Wiley, Aug 29, 2003 - Psychology - 312 pages
Childhood is a brand new series of textbooks, co-published with The Open University which represents a coherent and integrated treatment of a wide range of topics and approaches, which will have a relevance to courses in childhood studies; sociology; psychology; anthropology and cultural studies as well as education and social policy.

The fourth volume, Changing Childhoods: Local and Global considers the status of children and society, and the significance of children's rights. Topics include the effects of poverty, ill-health and violence on children's well-being. Finally, the book illustrates the ways in which children and young people become engaged with social issues, including issues surrounding their status as children.

Illustrated throughout with both cross-cultural and historical examples, this text is ideal for a wide range of courses.

Features includes:

  • An interactive text
  • Carefully-selected case studies and readings from the USA, Bangladesh and South Africa
  • Attractive layout and colour design throughout
  • A high level of illustration
  • Clear and 'student-friendly' style
  • Used by the OU for its own teaching

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Heather Montgomery is a lecturer in Childhood Studies at The Open University. She is an anthropologist who has conducted fieldwork in Thailand among young prostitutes and is the author of Modern Babylon? Prostituting Children in Thailand (Berghahn, 2001). She has held post-doctoral positions in the USA, Norway and Oxford and is the author of several articles on children’s rights, child abuse and the anthropology of childhood. Other publications include ‘Imposing rights? A Case study of child prostitution in Thailand’ in Culture and Rights (edited by Cowan, Dembour and Wilson, Cambridge University Press, 2001) and ‘Abandonment and child prostitution in a Thai slum community’ in Abandoned Children (edited by Panter-Brick and Smith, Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Rachel Burr is a lecturer in Childhood Studies at The Open University. She has worked as a social worker and trainer in England, Ireland and Vietnam. Between 1996 and 1998 she lived in Vietnam where she did child-focused research for a doctorate in anthropology. Her research interests are in child-focused human rights, the role of child-focused international aid agencies, and children of the streets and orphanages in Vietnam (she is currently investigating the effect of HIV/AIDS on the lives of those children). She has taught anthropology in the US. Her recent publications include ‘Global and local approaches to children’s rights in Vietnam’, Childhood, 9 (1), and ‘Ethics of doing anthropological fieldwork’, Anthropology Matters, 3. She is currently working on a book on children and their rights in Vietnam, to be published by Rutgers University Press in 2004.

Martin Woodhead is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Childhood, Development and learning at The Open University. He has contributed to courses in child development and education, and has carried out research in child development, early education, sociology of childhood, child labour and children’s rights. He has been a Fulbright scholar in the USA and a consultant to international organizations including the Council of Europe, save the Children and OECD. He is co-editor of the journal Children & Society. His publications include In Search of the Rainbow: Pathways to Quality in Large-scale Programmes for Young Disadvantage Children (Bernard van Leer Foundation, 1996), and the three-volume series Child Development in Families, Schools and Society (Routledge in association with The Open University, 1998, edited by Faulkner and Littleton). Martin chaired the course team for the Open University course U212 Childhood, for which this book is a core text.


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