Sociology of Childhood / Edition 4 available in Paperback
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
ForewordPrefacePART ONE The Sociological Study of ChildhoodChapter 1. Social Theories of Childhood Sociology's Rediscovery of Childhood Traditional Theories: Socialization Interpretive Reproduction: Children Collectively Participate in Society SummaryChapter 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 SummaryChapter 3. Studying Children and Childhood Macro Level Methods Micro Level Methods Nontraditional Methods in Studying Children Ethical Issues in Researching Children's Lives SummaryPART TWO Children, Childhood, and Families in Historical and Cultural ContextChapter 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 SummaryChapter 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 SummaryPART THREE Children's CulturesChapter 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 SummaryChapter 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 SummaryChapter 8. Conflict and Differentiation in the Initial Peer Culture Conflict and Peer Relations Social Differentiation in Initial Peer Cultures SummaryChapter 9. Preadolescent Peer Cultures Peer Cultures in Preadolescence Friendship Processes in Preadolescent Peer Cultures Autonomy and Identity in Preadolescent Peer Cultures SummaryPART FOUR Children, Social Problems, and the Future of ChildhoodChapter 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 SummaryChapter 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 SummaryChapter 12. The Future of Childhood The Major Challenges Some More Modest Proposals to Enrich Children's Lives ConclusionReferencesGlossary/Index