An Introduction to Childhood Studies offers a wide-ranging and thought-provoking approach to the study of childhood, providing an important contribution to this burgeoning area of research and teaching.
|About the book|
"This thoughtful book provides expert overviews of historical, sociological, psychological, cultural, legal and rights-informed approaches to childhood. Through these well written, readable chapters, students will be engaged with important debates in childhood studies, and led towards many ideas and problems for further investigation. This second edition includes new chapters arguing strongly for interdisciplinarity and for measured responses to the current ‘crisis’ in UK childhoods."
Berry Mayall, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
An Introduction to Childhood Studies offers a wide-ranging and thought-provoking approach to the study of childhood, providing an important contribution to this burgeoning area of research and teaching. It brings together key themes in the area of Childhood Studies, providing a comprehensive and accessible introduction for students and practitioners, helping to answer questions such as:
Revised and updated throughout, the new edition includes:
|About the author|
Mary Jane Kehily is Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at the Open University, UK.
|Table of contents|
The editor and contributors
1. Understanding childhood: an introduction to some key themes and issues
Mary Jane Kehily
2. Childhood Studies: past, present and future
SECTION ONE: Historical Approaches to Childhood
3. The historical construction of childhood
4. Children’s literature and childhood
5. Innocence and experience: a historical approach to childhood and sexuality
Mary Jane Kehily and Heather Montgomery
SECTION TWO: Sociocultural Approaches to Childhood
6. Constructing childhood sociologically
7. Developmental psychology and the study of childhood
8. New media, new childhoods? Children’s changing cultural environment in the age of digital technology
SECTION THREE: Policy Perspectives on Childhood
9. Promoting better childhoods: constructions of child concern
Wendy Stainton Rogers
10. Children’s rights in early childhoood
Glenda MacNaughton and Kylie Smith
11. Childhood and the law: in whose ‘best interests’?
12. The future of childhood: crisis, cyclical concern or accommodation
Mary Jane Kehily