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Sociology of Childhood / Edition 4

Sociology of Childhood / Edition 4

by William A. Corsaro


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901452205440
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2014
Series: Sociology for a New Century Series
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

William A. Corsaro was Robert H. Shaffer Class of 1967 Endowed Chair and is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington where he won the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1988. He was the first recipient of the Distinguished Career Award for the Section on Children and Youth of the American Sociological Association in 2013. He taught courses on the sociology of childhood, childhood in contemporary society, and ethnographic research methods. His primary research interests are the sociology of childhood, children’s peer cultures, the sociology of education, and ethnographic research methods. Corsaro is the author of Friendship and Peer Culture in the Early Years (1985), author of “We’re Friends, Right: Inside Kids’ Culture (2003), and coauthor with Luisa Molinari of I Compagni: Understanding Children’s Transition from Preschool to Elementary School (2005). He is the coeditor with Jens Qvortrup and Michael-Sebastian Honig of The Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies (2009). Corsaro was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Bologna, Italy, in 1983-1984 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow in Trondheim, Norway, in 2003. He received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden in 2016.

Table of Contents

PART ONE The Sociological Study of Childhood
Chapter 1. Social Theories of Childhood
Sociology's Rediscovery of Childhood
Traditional Theories: Socialization
Interpretive Reproduction: Children Collectively
Participate in Society
Chapter 2. The Structure of Childhood and Children's Interpretive Reproductions
Assumptions of the Structural Perspective
Childhood, Children's Activities, and Interpretive Reproduction in Peer Culture
Chapter 3. Studying Children and Childhood
Macro Level Methods
Micro Level Methods
Nontraditional Methods in Studying Children
Ethical Issues in Researching Children's Lives
PART TWO Children, Childhood, and Families in Historical and Cultural Context
Chapter 4. Historical Views of Childhood and Children
Philippe Ariès's Centuries of Childhood
The Debate Regarding Grand Stage Theories of the Family and Childhood
The New History of Childhood
Chapter 5. Social Change, Families, and Children
Examining Changes in Families from the Children's Perspective
Children's Everyday Lives in Families
The Effects of Recent Socioeconomic Changes on Children and Childhood in Western Societies
The Effects of Recent Socioeconomic Changes on Children and Childhood in Developing Societies
PART THREE Children's Cultures
Chapter 6. Children's Peer Cultures and Interpretive Reproduction
Examining Peer Culture from a Children's Perspective
Central Importance of Peer Culture in Interpretive Reproduction
Children's Transitions to Initial Peer Cultures
Symbolic Aspects of Children's Cultures
Material Aspects of Children's Cultures
Chapter 7. Sharing and Control in Initial Peer Cultures
Central Themes in Children's Initial Peer Cultures
Friendship, Sharing and Social Participation
Autonomy and Control in Peer Culture
Chapter 8. Conflict and Differentiation in the Initial Peer Culture
Conflict and Peer Relations
Social Differentiation in Initial Peer Cultures
Chapter 9. Preadolescent Peer Cultures
Peer Cultures in Preadolescence
Friendship Processes in Preadolescent Peer Cultures
Autonomy and Identity in Preadolescent Peer Cultures
PART FOUR Children, Social Problems, and the Future of Childhood
Chapter 10. Children Social Problems and the Family
Changing Family Structures and Children's Lives
Work, Families, and Childhood
Divorce and Its Effects on Children
Child Abuse in the Family
Chapter 11. Children, Social Problems, and Society
Poverty and the Quality of Children's Lives
The Human Face of Poverty: The Story of Nicholas
Teen Pregnancy and Nonmaritial Births
Violence, Victimization, and the Loss of Childhood
Chapter 12. The Future of Childhood
The Major Challenges
Some More Modest Proposals to Enrich Children's Lives

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