Childhood, Volume 2
Routledge, 2005 - Social Science - 173 pages
In this book Chris Jenks looks at what the ways in which we construct our image of childhood can tell us about ourselves. After a general discussion of the social construction of childhood, the book is structured around three examples of the way the image of the child is played out in society:
Part of the highly successful Key Ideas series, this book gives students a concise, provocative insight into some of the controlling concepts of our culture.
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Jenks offers an intensely academic study of the phenomenon of childhood, proposing that a unified field of study is emergent. Unfortunately his examination feels distinctly European, and oftentimes neglects the effects of consumerist culture and Americanism. However, there is more value in this treatise than otherwise.