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Reclaiming Childhood: Freedom and Play in an Age of Fear / Edition 1

Reclaiming Childhood: Freedom and Play in an Age of Fear / Edition 1

by Helene Guldberg


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415477222
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/12/2009
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Helene Guldberg is co-founder and Director of spiked, the first custombuilt online current affairs publication in the UK. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in developmental psychology with the Open University and the US study abroad centres CAPA and IES.

Table of Contents



Part I: The good, the bad, and the history: a balance sheet of modern childhood

1. A childish panic about the next generation

2. Cocooning children

3. Childhood in historical perspective

Part II: Freedom and child development

4. Growing up: why risk-taking is good for kids

5. Play: what is it good for?

6. The bullying bandwagon

7. Virtual lives? Media, brands and the MySpace generation

Part III: Taking real responsibility: the role of adult society

8. Let parents be parents: the myth of infant determinism

9. Let teachers be teachers: not social workers and ‘happiness counsellors’

10. Let strangers be friends: how the ‘stranger danger’ panic is creating a hostile adult world




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