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Troubling Children: Studies of Children and Social Problems

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Increasingly, sociologists have turned their attention to the social problems of children– in particular, of younger children. This collection reflects those recent interest. While most researchers have focused on social problems involving adolescents, this volume offers instead original case studies of problems concerning preadolescent children.

The papers that Best has gathered here represent different theoretical and methodological approaches. They report on social issues in ...

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Overview

Increasingly, sociologists have turned their attention to the social problems of children– in particular, of younger children. This collection reflects those recent interest. While most researchers have focused on social problems involving adolescents, this volume offers instead original case studies of problems concerning preadolescent children.

The papers that Best has gathered here represent different theoretical and methodological approaches. They report on social issues in Albania, Kenya, and Japan as well as in the United States. The range of social problems they address is a wide one, from broad societal crises to decision-making within families. Topics include the effects of economic and social crises in Africa and Eastern Europe; concerns about crack use and other forms of fetal endangerment; parental decisions about spanking, toy choices, and letting children listen to rock music; schooling in day care and elementary and junior high schools; and children’s perceptions of environmental crises.

Troubling Children adds a new dimension to courses in social problems. It also offers a different set of perspectives for those concerned with sociology of preadolescent children and their discontents.

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Troubling Children presents original case studies of preadolescent children from Albania, Japan, Africa, and the US. Problems of young children are addressed from different theoretical and methodological approaches... The content of this collection is systematically presented and well organized, and the essays offer excellent data and a challenge for further study. The diversity of countries from which case studies are drawn contributes to a global perspective of the needs and issues of young children today. Highly recommended. All levels.”

—M. O. McMahon, Choice

“This collection of essays covers a wide range of topics pertaining to children and social problems, and thus serves as a useful introduction to the field.”

—Katherine Beckett, Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202304922
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/1994
  • Series: Social Problems and Social Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel E. Best is professor at the department of sociology and criminal justice, University of Delaware. He is the author of numerous books, including Flavor of the Month: Why Smart People Fall for Fads; Deviance: Career of a Concept; and Random Violence: How We Talk about New Crimes and New Victims.

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Table of Contents

1 Troubling Children: Children and Social Problems 3
2 A Threatened Generation: Impediments to Children's Quality of Life in Kenya 23
3 When Parents Discuss the Price of Bread: Albanian Children and the Economic Crisis 47
4 Little Strangers: Pregnancy Conduct and the Twentieth-Century Rhetoric of Endangerment 69
5 "Crack Babies" and the Politics of Reproduction and Nurturance 93
6 Ritual, Magic, and Educational Toys: Symbolic Aspects of Toy Selection 117
7 The Changing Meanings of Spanking 133
8 The Positive Functions of Rock and Roll Music for Children and Their Parents 155
9 Normalizing Daycare - Normalizing the Child: Daycare Discourse in Popular Magazines, 1900-1990 173
10 The Medicalization and Demedicalization of School Refusal: Constructing an Educational Problem in Japan 201
11 If We Don't Do Anything Now, There Won't Be Anything Left: Categories of Concern in Children's Drawings of Environmental Crisis 221
Biographical Sketches of the Contributors 247
Index 251
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