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Here, for the first time, are the children themselves, heard through an expert who knows that the only way to truly understand them is by becoming a member of their community. That's just what Corsaro did when he traded in ...
Here, for the first time, are the children themselves, heard through an expert who knows that the only way to truly understand them is by becoming a member of their community. That's just what Corsaro did when he traded in his adult perspective for a seat in the sandbox alongside groups of preschoolers.
Corsaro's journey of discovery is as fascinating as it is revealing. Living among and gaining the acceptance of children, he gradually comes to understand that a child's world is far more complex than anyone ever suspected. He documents a special culture, unique unto itself, in which children create their own social structures and exert their own influences.
At a time when many parents fear that they don't spend enough time with their children, and experts debate the best path to healthy development, seeing childhood through the eyes of a child offers parents and caregivers fresh and compelling insights. Corsaro calls upon all adults to appreciate, embrace, and savor their children's culture. He asks us to take a cue from those we hold so precious and understand that "we're all friends, right?"
|Introduction: The Importance and Autonomy of Kids' Culture||1|
|1||"Yeah You're Big Bill": Entering Kids' Culture||7|
|2||"We're Friends, Right?": Sharing and Social Participation in Kids' Culture||36|
|3||"You Wanna Know What Happened Because You're My Best Friend": Making and Being Friends in Kids' Culture||66|
|4||"You Can't Talk if You're Dead": Fantasy and Pretend Play||90|
|5||"When I Grow Up and You Grow Up, We'll Be the Bosses": Role-Play in Kids' Culture||111|
|6||"Arriva la Banca": Kids' Secondary Adjustments to Adult Rules||138|
|7||"You Can't Come to My Birthday Party": Conflict in Kids' Culture||161|
|8||"Appreciating Childhood": Suggestions for Supporting and Sharing in Kids' Culture||195|