The sociology of childhood

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Pine Forge Press, 1997 - Social Science - 304 pages
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This volume brings an extraordinary range of theoretical ideas and empirical research to a neglected area of sociology. William A Corsaro shows how children contribute to both social stability and social change through a process of interpretive reproduction. He breaks new ground by stressing the conceptual autonomy of children. Part One reviews traditional approaches to socialization and contrasts them with the author's perspective of interpretive reproduction. The second part places the new sociology of childhood in historical and cultural perspective. The importance of children's peer culture is defined and discussed in Part Three, and the last part considers children as social problems as well as the social problems of children.

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Contents

Social Theories of Childhood
7
The Structure of Childhood and Childrens
29
PART TWO Children Childhood and Families
45

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William A. Corsaro is the Robert H. Shaffer Class of 1967 Endowed Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington where he won the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1988. He teaches courses on the sociology of childhood, childhood in contemporary society, and ethnographic research methods. His primary research interests are the sociology of childhood, children’s peer cultures, the sociology of education, 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 1983–1984 and a Senior Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow in Trondheim, Norway in 2003.  

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