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Childhood Today

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October 2017 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"This is an urgently needed book that explores a number of different concepts of childhood in 21st century. The book throughout considers enduring topics and new concepts of childhood, and initiates a number of questions that students of education, childhood and early childhood studies can engage as lines of inquiries. The book offers a multidisciplinary approach of the child today, that influences practice, policy, and education, and offers diverse dimensions to provoke our thinking." - Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou, Institute of Education, University College London

How we understand what ‘childhood’ means in today’s society is constantly changing, and the rate of this change is unprecedented. This new edited book explores what it really means to be a child of the 21st century, and how we as professionals, researchers, parents and adults can understand an environment seemingly in constant flux.

Each chapter seeks to explore and problematise some of the different ‘labels’ that we give to children in an attempt to understand their contemporary experiences. From the Regulated Child to the Stressed Child to the Poor Child the book covers a wide array of key issues in contemporary childhood, including obesity, risk, special needs, wellbeing and poverty.

The pace of change in childhood can be daunting but this book helps students, practitioners and researchers to explore and understand the variety of issues affecting children in the UK and all over the world.


Alex Owen
1. Introduction
Zoi Nikiforidou
2. The Cotton Wool Child
Jim Stack
3. The Selfish Child
Theodora Papatheodorou
4. The Universal Child
Marie Caslin
5. The SEN/D Child
Carol Aubrey, Carolyn Blackburn, Charlotte Jones & Rosemarie Lowe
6. The Regulated Child
Nina Sajaniemi
7. The Stressed Child
Sue Cronin, Ged Mulhaney & Michelle Pearson
8. The Political Child
Harriet Pattison
9. The Natural Child
Babs Anderson & Alex Owen
10. The Poor Child
Laura Waite& Erin Pritchard
11. The Fat Child

This is an urgently needed book that explores a number of different concepts of childhood in 21st century. The book throughout considers enduring topics and new concepts of childhood, and initiates a number of questions that students of education, childhood, and early childhood studies can engage as lines of inquiries. Structured around eleven chapters this book addresses contemporary and traditional constructions of childhood and approaches issues around the child, bringing to life theoretical perspectives and liking them to practice with interesting case studies. Important key debates such as the snowflake generation, politics, poverty, equality, and obesity are related to the impact of constructing our views of the child in today’s society. The book offers a multidisciplinary approach of the child today that influences practice, policy, & education and offers diverse dimensions to provoke our thinking.

 

Throughout the book , the high quality chapters help students to understand and question complex issues in childhood that are linked with social problems experienced by children that children themselves and professionals are facing today. Critical and equally helpful, this book is an important contribution of alternative viewing of the child which demonstrates how childhood is constructed today. This book will be necessary reading for all studying childhood and all professionals involved with children as it offers different perspectives for studying children and childhood and discusses child related situations that need special consideration.

 

Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou
Institute of Education, University College London

“This book provides a detailed insight into different social constructs of childhood today. The subjects are definitely relevant for any student studying Early Childhood Studies and could also be used in other courses such as Education Studies. The reading is very approachable and very interesting, keeping the reader enthralled in the subject and at the same time deepening their knowledge and understanding. Incredibly useful for essays and exams!”

 

Amalie Quevedo
Early Childhood and Education Studies student, Liverpool Hope University

This book gives a fascinating insight into what it really means to be a child of the 21st century, and enhances the understanding that we, as professionals, researchers, parents and adults, have of an environment which appears to change constantly. There are plenty of case studies which are relevant and useful to show the range of challenges children face. The 'Questions for reflection' in each chapter encourage deeper thinking and will be excellent to stimulate discussion. The speed of change in childhood can indeed be daunting but this book helps students, practitioners and researchers to explore and understand the variety of issues affecting children in the UK and all over the world.

Sarah Brew
Parents in Touch

This book examines 10 different constructions of childhood, through case studies, theoretical perspectives and points of reflection, and links these to practice. It provides an alternative view to the over-analysed, under pressure child.

Neil Henty

This text provides a fascinating insight into the multifaceted arena of contemporary childhood. Its critical stance will enable readers to evaluate what childhood means to them. Questions at the end of each chapter provide the opportunity for reflection, which can be used within a seminar setting to promote discussion. A thought-provoking book for students studying teaching, developmental psychology or early childhood studies.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
May 9, 2018

This gives a good insight in to the different ways that we view children

Miss helen Barber
Early Years Department, Solihull College & University Centre
May 8, 2018

A very good resource for students to explore, enabling them to also link to their working practice, through exploring the relevant case studies within the book. This publication also enables students to reflect on different perspectives in their studies. Highly recommended.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care and Early Years, Swindon College
February 15, 2018

Very useful and interesting.

Mrs Lisa Jayne Strachan
Society , Health & Childhood, Blackpool and the Fylde College
September 29, 2017

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