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Childhood : Second edition - Chris Jenks


Second edition

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2005
ISBN: 9780415341660
Number Of Pages: 173

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In this book Chris Jenks looks at what the ways in which we construct our image of childhood can tell us about ourselves. After a general discussion of the social construction of childhood, the book is structured around three examples of the way the image of the child is played out in society:

  • the history of childhood from medieval times through the enlightenment 'discovery' of childhood to the present
  • the mythology and reality of child abuse and society's response to it
  • the 'death' of childhood in cases such as the James Bulger murder in which the child itself becomes the perpetrator of evil.

Part of the highly successful Key Ideas series, this book gives students a concise, provocative insight into some of the controlling concepts of our culture.

Notes on the Authorp. xi
Preface to the Second Editionp. xiii
Constituting childhoodp. 1
The child as 'savage'p. 4
The 'natural' childp. 6
The 'social' childp. 8
Socialization theory - the Parsonian paradigmp. 12
Developmental psychology - the Piagetian paradigmp. 20
Sociological approaches to childhoodp. 29
The conceptual grounds of sociological thoughtp. 31
The concept of development - time, nature and progressp. 34
The child in critical social theoryp. 40
Sociological modelsp. 43
Conclusionp. 47
The birth of childhoodp. 49
The emergence of childhoodp. 52
Centuries of childhoodp. 54
Childhood and social controlp. 60
The Dionysian childp. 62
The Apollonian childp. 64
Conclusionp. 70
Childhood and social spacep. 73
Regulated spacep. 74
Stages and scriptsp. 76
The timetable - a central metaphor of modernityp. 77
Foucault and the spatiality of childhoodp. 78
Spatialization, periodization and the tactics of controlp. 81
'Open' or 'closed' orders in the educational processp. 82
Geographies of powerp. 83
Public and private worldsp. 86
Stranger dangerp. 88
The abuse of childhoodp. 90
An increase in child abuse?p. 91
The mythology of child abusep. 92
Contemporary explanations of child abusep. 94
The evolution of the child and child abusep. 96
The politicization of child abusep. 99
The child in modernity - 'futurity'p. 102
The child in post-modernity - 'nostalgia'p. 106
Conclusionp. 114
The strange death of childhoodp. 117
Traditional conceptions of childhood?p. 121
The moral ground?p. 124
What is 'the child'?p. 128
What does the child need?p. 131
What can be done?p. 132
Childhood and transgressionp. 137
The Enlightenment and Nietzsche's challengep. 138
George Bataille and heterologyp. 138
Transgression - a childhood urge?p. 141
All that is solid melts into airp. 142
Madness is childhoodp. 144
Postscriptp. 151
Referencesp. 152
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ISBN: 9780415341660
ISBN-10: 0415341663
Series: Key Ideas (Routledge Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 173
Published: 1st July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.37 x 17.12  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition