Rethinking Childhood / Edition 1

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Overview

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: 2/28/2004
  • Series: The Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Imperative and the Process for Rethinking Childhood 1
Ch. 1 Understanding Childhood from an Interdisciplinary Perspective: Problems and Potentials 25
Ch. 2 Children as Philosophers 38
Ch. 3 Children as Theologians 54
Ch. 4 Action, Voice, and Identity in Children's Lives 69
Ch. 5 "Do You Know You Have Worms on Your Pearls?" Listening to Children's Voices in the Classroom 87
Ch. 6 Cultural Integrity and Schooling Outcomes of African American Children from Low-Income Backgrounds 104
Ch. 7 "We Have These Rule Inside": The Effects of Exercising Voice in a Children's Online Forum 121
Ch. 8 Advertising and Marketing to Children in the United States 141
Ch. 9 Children's Lives in and out of Poverty 154
Ch. 10 Children of Divorce 170
Ch. 11 Negotiating the Dance: Social Capital from the Perspective of Neighborhood Children and Adults 191
Ch. 12 Are We Having Fun Yet? 207
Ch. 13 Re-Visioning Rights for Children 229
Ch. 14 Recognizing the Roots: Children's Identity Rights 244
Resources for Further Research: A Road Map for Surfing the Internet 263
Contributors 275
Index 279
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