Rethinking Childhood / Edition 1

Rethinking Childhood / Edition 1

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by Peter B. Pufall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813533651

ISBN-13: 9780813533650

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Being a child in American society can be problematic. Twenty percent of American children live in poverty, parents are divorcing at high rates, and educational institutions are not always fulfilling their goals. Against this backdrop, children are often patronized or idealized by adults. Rarely do we look for the strengths within children that can serve as the

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Being a child in American society can be problematic. Twenty percent of American children live in poverty, parents are divorcing at high rates, and educational institutions are not always fulfilling their goals. Against this backdrop, children are often patronized or idealized by adults. Rarely do we look for the strengths within children that can serve as the foundation for growth and development. In Rethinking Childhood, twenty contributors, coming from the disciplines of anthropology, government, law, psychology, education, religion, philosophy, and sociology, provide a multidisciplinary view of childhood by listening and understanding the ways children shape their own futures. Topics include education, poverty, family life, divorce, neighborhood life, sports, the internet, and legal status. In all these areas, children have both voice and agency. They construct their own social networks and social reality, sort out their own values, and assess and cope with the perplexing world around them. The contributors present ideas that lead not only to new analyses but also to innovative policy applications. 

Taken together, these essays develop a new paradigm for understanding childhood as children experience these years. This paradigm challenges readers to develop fresh ways of listening to children’s voices that enable both children and adults to cross the barriers of age, experience, and stereotyping that make communication difficult.

A volume in the Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies, edited by Myra Bluebond-Langner.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813533650
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
The Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.66(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Imperative and the Process for Rethinking Childhood1
Ch. 1Understanding Childhood from an Interdisciplinary Perspective: Problems and Potentials25
Ch. 2Children as Philosophers38
Ch. 3Children as Theologians54
Ch. 4Action, Voice, and Identity in Children's Lives69
Ch. 5"Do You Know You Have Worms on Your Pearls?" Listening to Children's Voices in the Classroom87
Ch. 6Cultural Integrity and Schooling Outcomes of African American Children from Low-Income Backgrounds104
Ch. 7"We Have These Rule Inside": The Effects of Exercising Voice in a Children's Online Forum121
Ch. 8Advertising and Marketing to Children in the United States141
Ch. 9Children's Lives in and out of Poverty154
Ch. 10Children of Divorce170
Ch. 11Negotiating the Dance: Social Capital from the Perspective of Neighborhood Children and Adults191
Ch. 12Are We Having Fun Yet?207
Ch. 13Re-Visioning Rights for Children229
Ch. 14Recognizing the Roots: Children's Identity Rights244
Resources for Further Research: A Road Map for Surfing the Internet263
Contributors275
Index279

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