Key Concepts in Childhood Studies

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A systematic, clear introduction to the expanding field of Childhood Studies.

Valuable entries including Agency, Play and Welfare introduce key ideas and explore interwoven multi-disciplinary themes. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed and cross-referenced by the book's intelligent organisation and flow to explain in-depth issues as respected pioneers Alison James and Adrian James offer students and specialists:

" Lucid accounts of the key concepts

" Authoritative and reliable data

" Accessible text format

The book is an ideal primer and refresher for students of Childhood Studies.

Alison James is Professor in Sociology and Adrian James is Professor in Social Work, both at The University of Sheffield.

'This is a superb introduction to the fascinating field of childhood studies. A series of well chosen entries provide concise summaries of key ideas, and accessible introductions to some highly complex issues. The authors brilliantly weave together their different themes with their use of cross-referencing, so that the whole is even richer than the individual parts. I would recommend it to any beginning student of Childhoods Studies, as well as more advanced ones' - Nigel Thomas, Professor of Childhood

& Youth Research, University of Central Lancashire

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Editorial Reviews

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Once again, James and James have produced a book which will define Childhood Studies in the coming years. This is an essential book for everyone interested in this rapidly expanding field and offers a series of short, in-depth, introductory essays which provide invaluable starting points for further exploration. Indispensible to anyone interested in studying childhood.

Heather Montgomery
Reader in the Anthropology of Childhood at The Open University

Scholars and students will welcome this updated edition of a definitive introductory text by two of the world's leading authorities in Childhood Studies. Key Concepts provides insightful and challenging discussions of some of the major themes and issues in this burgeoning field.
David Buckingham
Loughborough University

Allison and Adrian James have been amongst the pioneers who established Childhood Studies as a cross-disciplinary field relevant to all who carry out research or work with children and young people.

They are in a unique position to introduce the diverse, and in some cases overlapping and ambiguous concepts that are an inevitable, and also a healthy consequence of crossing disciplinary boundaries...

Arranged alphabetically, core ideas about "Agency" and "Development" through to "Socialisation" and "Youth" are explained in straightforward language, with a concise introduction to key theoretical debates, as well as up to date references...

This second edition is a welcome addition to the bookshelf, offering an even more comprehensive and up to date guide, which will be an essential resource for established researchers and novice students alike.

Martin Woodhead
The Open University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412908795
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: SAGE Key Concepts Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,533,258
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Age 6

Agency 9

Best interests 12

Child 14

Child-focused Research 17

Child-friendly 20

Childhood 22

Childhood Studies 25

Children's Voices 28

Citizenship 31

Competence 34

Cultural Politics of Childhood 37

Cultural Relativism 40

Delinquency 43

Developmental Psychology 46

Disappearance or Loss of Childhood 49

Diversity 51

Ethnicity 54

Family 56

Friendship 60

Futurity 63

Gender 65

Generation 68

Health 71

Innocence 74

Interpretive Reproduction 77

Minority Group Status 79

Nature vs. Nurture 82

Needs 85

Parenting 88

Participation 92

Peer Group 95

Play 98

Poverty 100

Protection 104

Representation 107

Rights 109

Schooling and Schools 112

Sexual Abuse 116

Social Actor 120

Social Construction 122

Social World 124

Socialisation 127

Spaces for Children and Children's Spaces 129

Standpoint 133

Street-children 135

Structure 137

Vulnerability 139

Welfare 142

Working Children 145

Youth 149

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