Childhood in American Society: A Reader / Edition 1 available in Paperback
This anthology from scholarly literature about children explores the ways society makes meaning of the period called childhood, the social forces that shape children, and the strategies children use to influence each other, their familes, and the larger adult world.
The anthology includes 34 readings in 7 topic areas:
I. Meanings of Childhood
II. Theorizing Childhood
III. Studying Children
V. Constructing Race, Ethnicity and Gender
VI. Popular Culture, Consumption and Play
VII. Social Problems and Inequality
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About the Author
Karen Sternheimer is a member of the Sociology Department at the University of Southern California. She is also the author of Kids These Days: Facts and Fictions About Today's Youth (Rowman & Littlefield) and It's Not the Media: The Truth About Pop Culture's Influence on Children (Westview Press). Her research on children has explored such diverse topics as kidnapping, substance abuse, obesity, teen pregnancy, and teen driving.
Table of ContentsGeneral Introduction: What is Childhood?
Part I: Meanings of Childhood
Editor’s Introduction: Why do experiences of childhood change?
1. Viviana A. Zelizer, From Child Labor to Child Work: Redefining the Economic World of Children
2. Marjorie Heins, Minors, Censorship, Sex, and History
3. Paula Fass and Mary Ann Mason, Childhood in America Past and Present4. Peter N. Stearns, All are Above Average
5. David Buckingham, In Search of the Child
6. Karen Sternheimer, Kidnapped: Childhood Stolen?
Part II: Theorizing Childhood
E ditor’s Introduction: How do social scientists think about children?
7. Barrie Thorne, Re-Visioning Women and Social Change: Where are the Children?
8. William Corsaro, Children’s Interpretive Reproductions
9. Sarah H. Matthews, A Window on the “New” Sociology of Childhood
10. Alan Prout & Allison James, A New Paradigm for the Sociology of Childhood?
Part III: Studying Children
Editor’s Introduction: How do social scientists study children and childhood?
11. Michael Wyness, Researching Children and Childhood
12. Gary Alan Fine & Kent L. Sandstrom, Researchers and Kids
13. William Corsaro, Yeah, You’re Big Bill: Entering Kids’ Culture
Part IV: Relationships
Editor’s Introduction: How do children actively negotiate relationships with friends and family?14. Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, Popularity
15. Murray Milner, Jr., Exchanges, Labels, and Put-Downs
16. Abel Valenzuela, Gender Roles and Settlement Activities Among Children and their Immigrant Families
17. Annette Lareau, Concerted Cultivation and the Accomplishment of Natural Growth
18. Donna Eder, Catherine Colleen Evans & Stephen Parker, Crude Comments and Sexual Scripts
Part V: Constructing Race, Ethnicity and Gender
Editor’s Introduction: Beyond socialization and imitation
19. Debra Van Ausdale & Joe R. Feagin, Using Racial and Ethnic Concepts: The Critical Case of Very Young Children
20. Valerie Ann Moore, The Collaborative Emergence of Race in Children’s Play: A Case of Two Summer Camps
21. Amanda E. Lewis, Constructing and Negotiating Racial Identity in School
22. Michael A. Messner, Barbie Girls Versus Sea Monsters: Children Constructing Gender23. Barrie Thorne, Constructing “Opposite Sides”
24. Julie Bettie, Girls, Race, and Identity: Border Work between Classes
Part VI: Popular Culture, Consumption and Play
Editor’s Introduction: The importance of play and popular culture
25. Sarah Banet-Weiser, “We Pledge Allegiance to Kids”: Nickelodeon and Citizenship
26. Cindy Dell Clark, Flight Toward Maturity: The Tooth Fairy
27. Viviana Zelizer, Kids and Commerce
28. Christine L. Williams, Kids in Toyland
29. Peter Kelly, David Buckingham and Hannah Davies, Talking Dirty: Children, Sexual Knowledge and Television
30. Hilary Levey, Outside Class: A Historical Analysis of American Children’s Competitive Activities
Part VI: Social Problems and Inequality
Editor’s Introduction: Are young people really as prized in American society as we think?
31. Jenny Kitzinger, Who Are You Kidding? Children, Power, and the Struggle Against Sexual Abuse
32. Cindy Dell Clark, Children Coping with Chronic Illness
33. Nell Bernstein, Children of the Incarcerated
34. Allison James, Chris Jenks, and Alan Prout, Working Children