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Constructing Childhood : Theory, Policy and Social Practice - A. James

Constructing Childhood

Theory, Policy and Social Practice

By: A. James

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This text provides a critical analysis of the social construction of childhood and children's agency. Through an interdisciplinary synthesis combining social theory, social policy and the empirical findings of social science research, it bridges the current gap between theory and practice, offering 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 furthers understanding of the impact of policy on children's everyday lives and social experiences.
This text provides a critical analysis of the social construction of childhood and children's agency. Through an interdisciplinary synthesis combining social theory, social policy and the empirical findings of social science research, it bridges the current gap between theory and practice, offering 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 furthers understanding of the impact of policy on children's everyday lives and social experiences.

Acknowledgementsp. x
Towards a Cultural Politics of Childhoodp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Constructing Children, Childhood and the Childp. 10
Childhood as a social constructionp. 12
Childhood, children and the childp. 14
Childhood as a 'natural' temporal spacep. 18
Childhood as a generational spacep. 20
Children as social agentsp. 23
Conclusionp. 26
Key Constructs: Politics, Policies and Processp. 29
Politics, children and childhoodp. 30
Childhood as an institutionp. 33
Children as citizens?p. 35
Childhood's structure and children's agencyp. 37
Childhood change and continuityp. 41
Childhood as an interdisciplinary fieldp. 43
Conclusionp. 45
The Production and Reproduction of Childhoodp. 48
Law and social changep. 51
Theorising children and childhoodp. 58
Children, childhood and social orderp. 61
The role of law in constructing childhoodsp. 64
History, continuity and changep. 70
Conclusionp. 74
The Universalisation of Law?p. 78
Children, childhood and international law--the UNCRCp. 81
The nature of children's rightsp. 83
The UK and the UNCRCp. 86
The international response to the UNCRCp. 90
Law and social policyp. 96
Law, social policy and the cultural politics of childhoodp. 104
Conclusionp. 106
Case Studies in the Cultural Politics of Childhoodp. 109
Introductionp. 111
Educationp. 117
Schooling the school childp. 120
The national curriculum for a national childhoodp. 124
Special needs and deviant childrenp. 128
Children's citizenship participationp. 132
Conclusionp. 138
Healthp. 140
Childhood: a process of natural growth and developmentp. 142
Health policies for children?p. 146
Children's dietsp. 150
Sex and drugsp. 152
Competent childrenp. 156
Health and the special needs of childrenp. 161
Conclusionp. 165
Crimep. 167
Crime, youth justice and the communityp. 169
Children in court and in custodyp. 178
Current and future developmentsp. 182
Conclusionp. 187
The Familyp. 189
Emerging family policy in the UKp. 191
Communitarianism, children and childhoodp. 194
Children and divorcep. 196
Children and family mediationp. 201
Conclusion: culture, politics and childhoodp. 209
Concluding Thoughts--Continuity and Changep. 213
Referencesp. 219
Indexp. 232
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ISBN: 9780333948910
ISBN-10: 0333948912
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 8th June 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 21.7
Edition Number: 1