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The first volume, Understanding Childhood, an interdisciplinary approach asks 'What is a child?' and introduces a range of perspectives within childhood and youth studies. Topics in this book include the history of beliefs about childhood, the growth of scientific approaches to studying children, the significance of gender, debates around children's rights and how far children are seen as innocent or knowing.
As well as introducing broad academic frameworks for studying childhood, the book addresses issues of complexity, diversity and change in children's experiences, from the earliest years through to adulthood.
Illustrated throughout with both cross-cultural and historical examples, this text is ideal for a wide range of courses.
* An interactive text
* Carefully-selected case studies and readings from the USA, Bangladesh and South Africa
* Attractive layout and colour design throughout
* A high level of illustration
* Clear and 'student-friendly' style
* Used by the OU for its own teaching
Chapter 1. What is a Child? (Wendy Stainton Rogers).
Chapter 2. Childhood in Time and Place (Heather Montgomery).
Chapter 3. The Child in Development (Martin Woodhead).
Chapter 4. Children and Rights (Rachel Burr and Heather Montgomery).
Chapter 5. Gendered Childhoods (Wendy Stainton Rogers).
Chapter 6. Innocence and Experience (Mary Jane Kehily and Heather Montgomery).