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Connecting Children Care and Family Life in Later Childhood

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Connecting Children focuses on children's understandings of care and their views of different family lives. It portrays the lives of children aged 11-12 and shows how families connect children in different ways both in the household but also in their wider kinship networks. The children studied reflect upon family life and especially upon situations where their own family lives change dramatically, such as when parents divorce or are unable to care for them.
    This book will be of interest to those working in education, social work, child care, counselling, social policy and childhood studies.

    1.Themes and Concepts 2.Children's Beliefs about Care 3. Children's Families and Social Ties: Meanings and structures 4.Children's Accounts of Family Change 5.The Importance of Mothers and Fathers: Children's views and experiences 6.The Importance of Siblings 7.The Importance of Grandparents, Relatives, Friends and Others 8.Children's Contribution to Family Life 9.Children and Mother's Regulation 10. Conclusions


    Kalwant Bhopal, Julia Brannen, Ellen Heptinstall

    'Provides excellent detail of children's relationships from a qualitative perspective.' - Professor Hill, Child and Society Centre, Glasgow University

    'Ultimately ... the value of the book lies in the richness of diversity suggested by the children themselves. Hopefully the authors are making these personal accounts of young lives accessible to a much wider audience ...' - Nicola Madge, Children & Society