Childhood: Critical Concepts in Sociology

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Chris Jenks
Taylor & Francis, 2005 - Children - 3 pages
Childhood is an extremely complex and highly contested concept. It refers to a life phase as well as to the age group defined as children, but is also a cultural construction, part of the social and economic structure of communities. The key scholarship collected, introduced, and reprinted in these volumes reflects this complexity and introduces the reader to the wide variety of interpretations that have been and continue to be placed on it.
It might be suggested that the push or initiative in theorizing childhood has derived from advances within sociology and anthropology. However, the future provides potential for interdisciplinary study, which this collection also reflects. The contemporary study of childhood must comprise a conjoining of disciplines: sociology; anthropology; psychology; social geography; history; philosophy; and socio-legal theory, all have something to add to the field and are represented within the collection.
 

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Contents

Developmental psychology and the study of childhood
13
Discourses of the child
26
Morality and the goals of development
42
The young citizen
57
Whose childhood? What crisis?
69
The everyday world of the child
95
The childs relations with others
102
a phenomenological
113
the JonBenet
182
the publicprivate distinction
223
Spiritual challenges to children facing violent trauma
242
PART 9
271
towards a relational
286
Childrens constructions of family and kinship
306
Modern childhood
325
its nature and its role
341

Public perceptions of childhood criminality
127
childhood sexuality and space
145
the search for justice
164
The futility of schooling
359
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