The Future of Childhood

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Alan Prout
Routledge, Nov 10, 2004 - Education - 184 pages
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In this ground-breaking book, Alan Prout discusses the place of children and childhood in modern society. He critically examines 'the new social studies of childhood', reconsidering some of its key assumptions and positions and arguing that childhood is heterogeneous and complex. The study of childhood requires a broad set of intellectual resources and an interdisciplinary approach. Chapters include:

  • the changing social and cultural character of contemporary childhood and the weakening boundary between adulthood and childhood
  • a look back at the emergence of childhood studies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • the nature/culture dichotomy
  • the role of material artefacts and technologies in the construction of contemporary childhood.

This book is essential reading for students and academics in the field of childhood studies, sociology and education.

 

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Contents

Section 17
Section 18
Section 19
Section 20
Section 21
Section 22
Section 23
Section 24

Section 9
Section 10
Section 11
Section 12
Section 13
Section 14
Section 15
Section 16
Section 25
Section 26
Section 27
Section 28
Section 29
Section 30
Section 31

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About the author (2004)

Alan Prout is Professor of Sociology and Director of the ESRC Children 5-16 Programme, University of Stirling.

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