Childhood / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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What is childhood? In recent years, a cluster of critical andcomplex ideas have emerged around the nature of biological, socialand psychological growth in the early years, reflecting thechanging nature of adult - child relations, and political andcultural understandings of childhood in the twenty-firstcentury.In this clear and concise book, Michael Wyness offers freshinsights into the current state of play within childhood studies.Drawing on work from a number of disciplines including sociology,geography and history, he discusses the contested terrain oftheoretical and research advances with particular attention to thenotion of children’s agency and the concept of globalchildhoods. Key conceptual debates are illustrated through a rangeof contemporary issues that affect children and adults, includinginequality, child abuse, ill-health, child labour, sexualizationand identity formation.This book will appeal to students and academics within the fieldsof sociology, education, geography, history and childhood studies.
About the Author
Michael Wyness is Associate Professor in Childhood Studies at the University of Warwick, and author of Childhood and Society, 2nd edition (2011).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Conceptualizing Agency
Chapter 2. The Recognition and Distribution of Children’s Agency
Chapter 3. Childhood, Globalization and Global Standards
Chapter 4. Childhoods: Diversity and Hybridity
Chapter 5. Childhood and Generation
Chapter 6. Childhood, Wellbeing and Multi-Disciplinarity
Conclusion: Relocating Children and Childhood