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Constructing Childhood Theory, Policy and Social Practice

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ISBN-10: 0333948912

ISBN-13: 9780333948910

Edition: 2004

Authors: Allison James, Adrian James, Adrian L. James

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'Childhood' is united by a set of common and shared experiences, yet at the same time fragmented by children's everyday lives. While the media presents us with a wealth of contradictory and contrasting images of children, the laws and policies that govern children's lives do not take account of these diversities and the different experiences of 'childhood' that children may have. This important book explores the tension between the changes and continuities of childhood across time and space, examining the relationship between the social construction of childhood and social policy. Drawing on social theory, social policy and the empirical findings of social science research, the authors demonstrate how cultural influences and the law work to construct childhood, or at the very least, constrain what children do. They pose a series of challenges to traditional understandings of children and childhood, and go on to offer a new perspective -- the cultural politics of childhood. Case Studies are used in the second part of the book to provide empirical illustrations of how the cultural politics of childhood unravels for children themselves in the context of contemporary British society. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, Constructing Childhood provides an incisive theoretical account of childhood that is grounded in substantive areas of children's lives such as health, education, crime and the family. This timely and engaging book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of sociology, social policy, socio-legal studies and childhood studies. Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $47.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 6/8/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Towards a Cultural Politics of Childhood
Introduction
Constructing Children, Childhood and the Child
Childhood as a social construction
Childhood, children and the child
Childhood as a 'natural' temporal space
Childhood as a generational space
Children as social agents
Conclusion
Key Constructs: Politics, Policies and Process
Politics, children and childhood
Childhood as an institution
Children as citizens?
Childhood's structure and children's agency
Childhood change and continuity
Childhood as an interdisciplinary field
Conclusion
The Production and Reproduction of Childhood
Law and social change
Theorising children and childhood
Children, childhood and social order
The role of law in constructing childhoods
History, continuity and change
Conclusion
The Universalisation of Law?
Children, childhood and international law--the UNCRC
The nature of children's rights
The UK and the UNCRC
The international response to the UNCRC
Law and social policy
Law, social policy and the cultural politics of childhood
Conclusion
Case Studies in the Cultural Politics of Childhood
Introduction
Education
Schooling the school child
The national curriculum for a national childhood
Special needs and deviant children
Children's citizenship participation
Conclusion
Health
Childhood: a process of natural growth and development
Health policies for children?
Children's diets
Sex and drugs
Competent children
Health and the special needs of children
Conclusion
Crime
Crime, youth justice and the community
Children in court and in custody
Current and future developments
Conclusion
The Family
Emerging family policy in the UK
Communitarianism, children and childhood
Children and divorce
Children and family mediation
Conclusion: culture, politics and childhood
Concluding Thoughts--Continuity and Change
References
Index