From Children's Services to Children's Spaces: Public Policy, Children and Childhood / Edition 1

From Children's Services to Children's Spaces: Public Policy, Children and Childhood / Edition 1

by Peter Moss, Pat Petrie
     
 

More than ever before, children are apparently being recognised as social actors and citizens. Yet public policy often involves increased control and surveillance of children. This book explores the contradiction. It shows how different ways of thinking about children produce different childhoods, different public provisions for children (including schools) and

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Overview

More than ever before, children are apparently being recognised as social actors and citizens. Yet public policy often involves increased control and surveillance of children. This book explores the contradiction. It shows how different ways of thinking about children produce different childhoods, different public provisions for children (including schools) and different ways of working with children. It argues that how we understand children and make public provision for them involves political and ethical choices.
Through case studies and the analysis of policy and practice drawn from a number of countries, the authors describe an approach to public provision for children which they term 'children's services'. They then propose an alternative approach named 'children's spaces', and go on to consider an alternative theory, practice and profession of work with children: pedagogy and the pedagogue.
This ground breaking book will be essential reading for tutors and students on higher education or in-service courses in early childhood, education, play, social work and social policy, as well as practitioners and policy makers in these areas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415247818
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/26/2002
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1In praise of many possibilities1
2The need for some theory17
3Children - who do we think they are?55
4A case study: the dominant discourse revealed in four English policy documents81
5An alternative discourse101
6Children's culture and some other possibilities113
7Pedagogues and pedagogy137
8The case of Sweden148
9Unfinished business164
Notes186
Bibliography188
Index197

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