Childhood: Critical Concepts, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover


Critical Concepts, 1st Edition

Edited by Chris Jenks


1,200 pages

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Hardback: 9780415643436
pub: 2005-10-26
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An extremely complex and highly contested concept, ‘childhood’ refers to a life phase, to the age-group defined as children, as well as to a cultural construction that is part of the social and economic structure of communities.

Reflecting this complexity, these comprehensive volumes introduce the reader to the wide variety of interpretations placed on childhood both today and in the past. Illustrating the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary study of the area, the collection includes contributions from the fields of sociology, anthropology, psychology, social geography, history, philosophy, and socio-legal theory - undoubtedly making it an ideal resource for a range of students and scholars interested in this fascinating subject.

Table of Contents

Volume 1. 1. Theorizing Childhood 2. Childhood and Social Space 3. Childhood through Time Volume 2. 4. Child Abuse and Abandonment 5. Children at Play 6. Children at Work Volume 3. 7. Development, Governance and Emergence 8. Childhood, Violence and Risk 9. Childhood as a Social and Educational Category

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies